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Nvidia and Rambus settle four-year memory patent dispute

By Rick · 7 replies
Feb 8, 2012
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  1. In 2008, Rambus accused Nvidia of infringing upon 17 patents across six of their product lines. After four years of legal sparring, the companies have finally decided to resolve the…

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  2. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    I think you've got the math a little messed up. The accusation was made in 2008, yet the resolution has been reached "After five years legal sparring" Given that it is only 2012, even if the accusation was bade in the beginning of 2008, only four years have passed.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    Thank you for that. It is much closer to 4 years. I have updated the article accordingly.
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,762   +435

    Wonder if they'll have to pay back a large chunk of that cause of all the invalidated ones?
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,260

    They probably wanted both parties to look like winners, regardless of who lost what so they made the settlement confidential.
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    Rambus still had the opportunity to appeal the decisions. If Rambus's source of income is cut off due to the invalidated patents, what do they lose by doing so?
    Simple economics might say to Nvidia that if the cost of renewing the patents (bound to be much less than before the judgement) are less than the cost of ongoing litigation with Rambus, then why not settle? The patents/settlement concern DDR3 (and presumeably DDR2), so this really only affects entry-level graphics and maybe legacy chipset support...both of which are rapidly heading the way of the Dodo....as is hopefully, Rambus itself.
  7. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    No problem. Easy enough mistake to make, especially since they made a five year agreement.
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