Xperi Corp sues Nvidia for the violation of five patents

onetheycallEric

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Subsidiaries of Xperi Corp, Invensas Corporation and Tessera Advanced Technologies, have filed suit against Nvidia, alleging the infringement of five patents. Xperi and its subsidiaries believe Nvidia's GPUs and supercomputers leverage technology pursuant to its semiconductor design patents.

Xperi and its subsidiaries create intellectual property and technology, then license it. Invensas creates packaging and interconnect technology for semiconductors, while Xperi controls a range of technologies for audio, image codecs, automotive, and more. Some of its clients include Sony, LG, and Samsung.

As it pertains to its suit with Nvidia, the company filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court of Delaware for the violation of Patent Nos. 5,666,046; 6,232,231; 6,317,333; 6,849,946; and 7,064,005.

It's worth noting that Xperi has defended these patents before: once in a case against Samsung, and another involving Broadcom. Xperi won on both accounts, settling out of court for an undisclosed sum and entering into multi-year patent license agreements.

It would seem that the patents in question have already undergone stringent legal tests, and Nvidia may have a hard time discrediting them.

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Uncle Al

Posts: 8,001   +6,775
Patent law is one that appears to need some serious revision. As quickly as technology comes and goes, granting a 20 year patent might be overkill especially since high tech companies make the majority of their profits from "new technology" in the first three years. Even a 10 year patent would seem to be excessive but as slowly as the courts move it could be another 50 years before this is even addressed. No doubt that new patents need protection; perhaps a "reasonable" fee structure could be set up that prevents gouging as well as allowing a fair profit for the originator ......
 

grumblguts

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Patent law is one that appears to need some serious revision. As quickly as technology comes and goes, granting a 20 year patent might be overkill especially since high tech companies make the majority of their profits from "new technology" in the first three years. Even a 10 year patent would seem to be excessive but as slowly as the courts move it could be another 50 years before this is even addressed. No doubt that new patents need protection; perhaps a "reasonable" fee structure could be set up that prevents gouging as well as allowing a fair profit for the originator ......

So you are saying you would be happy with a company to invest billions to produce a method of production so other can use for free without any consequence or costs.
Yo from china by any chance ?
 

grumblguts

Posts: 389   +346
Without long term IP protection there will be no company wiling to pay for its development.
10 years is excessive you say. Just wow, Imagine a company spending billions in development only to find its only good for a short time. Innovation would stop because there is no return on the investment.
Honestly that 10 years patent comment made me laugh out loud
 

mbrowne5061

Posts: 1,791   +1,030
Patent law is one that appears to need some serious revision. As quickly as technology comes and goes, granting a 20 year patent might be overkill especially since high tech companies make the majority of their profits from "new technology" in the first three years. Even a 10 year patent would seem to be excessive but as slowly as the courts move it could be another 50 years before this is even addressed. No doubt that new patents need protection; perhaps a "reasonable" fee structure could be set up that prevents gouging as well as allowing a fair profit for the originator ......

So you are saying you would be happy with a company to invest billions to produce a method of production so other can use for free without any consequence or costs.
Yo from china by any chance ?

That is not at all what he said, but I'll let Al correct you.

Spoiler: even most engineers think patent law is pretty screwed-up in the USA. The whole system needs to be overhauled to be updated with how modern engineering is done.
 

Evernessince

Posts: 5,464   +6,145
Patent law is one that appears to need some serious revision. As quickly as technology comes and goes, granting a 20 year patent might be overkill especially since high tech companies make the majority of their profits from "new technology" in the first three years. Even a 10 year patent would seem to be excessive but as slowly as the courts move it could be another 50 years before this is even addressed. No doubt that new patents need protection; perhaps a "reasonable" fee structure could be set up that prevents gouging as well as allowing a fair profit for the originator ......

So you are saying you would be happy with a company to invest billions to produce a method of production so other can use for free without any consequence or costs.
Yo from china by any chance ?

That is not at all what he said, but I'll let Al correct you.

Spoiler: even most engineers think patent law is pretty screwed-up in the USA. The whole system needs to be overhauled to be updated with how modern engineering is done.

Copyright law as well. 70 years after the author's death is absolutely ridiculous.