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Commission Affirms NVIDIA Violated Rambus Patents 35

Posted by timothy
from the infringe-group dept.
MojoKid writes "The International Trade Commission has announced its findings in the NVIDIA/Rambus patent infringement lawsuit, and it's not the sort of ruling Team Green would've preferred. The commission found NVIDIA to be in violation of three Rambus patents. The trade panel also granted an injunction Rambus had requested, which theoretically prevents NVIDIA and the various companies attached to the lawsuit (Asus, HP, Palit, and MSI among others) from selling products that contain the infringing IP. The commission's decision this week affirms a January ruling that saw NVIDIA in violation of three Rambus patents while dismissing two additional claims of infringement Rambus made."
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Commission Affirms NVIDIA Violated Rambus Patents

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  • Boned. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by RMingin (985478) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:11PM (#33062646) Homepage

    And RMBS takes down yet another member of JEDEC's bag of targets!

    1. Submit tech to standards body.
    2. Get tech widely used.
    3. Patent tech.
    4. SUE!
    5. PROFIT!

  • Hate to say it but (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Peach Rings (1782482) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:11PM (#33062650) Homepage

    If you're going to spend $10 billion on a process, you'd better make sure that the product it makes isn't infringing any patents. This isn't a helpless small developer; nvidia is the biggest of the big.

  • Re:Boned. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dpilot (134227) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:17PM (#33062734) Homepage Journal

    You've got your order a little wrong.

    1. Apply for patent.
    2. Join standards body, get tech widely used.
    3. Leave standards body.
    4. Continue patent of Step 1, ammending claims to read directly against standard.
    5. SUE!
    6. PROFIT!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:24PM (#33062828)

    It takes a lot more than 10 billion to read through all the patents at the patent office.

  • by HungryHobo (1314109) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:29PM (#33062918)

    In practice it's impossible to do anything non-trivial without infringing a number of patents.

    There is no test you can do to give a certain answer, the best you can do is licence the patents you're sure you'd be infringing.
    In the cases of patents owned by other big companies a big company which owns a lot of patents can just make a deal that they not sue each other.

    In the case of patent trolls, companies with no real assets other than their patent portfolio and no income stream other than licensing and the loot from lawsuits this is of course impossible since they produce nothing they cannot be threatened with having the other companies patents used against them.

    I really have to ask something of any engineers reading this who work in R&D- how many of you spend your dev time reading patents to find useful tech you could use in what you're developing?

    Alternatively how many of you avoid doing so at all cost for fear getting 3 times the penalties if someone sues you for something you didn't think your tech infringed but is later found to infringe?

    Currently there's well over 6 million active patents worldwide.
    Even cutting out all the ones in fields so far from your own they probably have nothing to do with what you're building (unsafe) that still leaves you with more patents to examine to see if you're infringing than even dozens of lawyers could compare to every part of what you're building in a year.(if you could delay time to market that long)
    Even then you wouldn't be safe since one of the lawyers might have misunderstood something or missed something.
    (lets not even get into changes late in the projects design)

    You'd be left with a decent pile of "certainly infringes" and such a vast pile of "maybe infringes" that you'd be bankrupted by the licensing fees and delayed for years trying to contact every one.
    And even then you wouldn't be safe since a court might simply disagree with even a very very good lawyer.

    So big companies make an effort, pay off the ones which they are certain infringe and which are certain to be spotted and hope.

  • I don't get it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by medv4380 (1604309) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @05:30PM (#33062938)
    How can the US Patent office find that the Rambus patents are groundless http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1588351/nvidia-us-import-ban [theinquirer.net], and yet the ITC finds that some how NVIDIA violated 3 patents. This is the circus that never ends.
  • Re:Its broken (Score:3, Insightful)

    by AHuxley (892839) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @06:55PM (#33063872) Homepage Journal
    If your looking up its evil.
    Looking down its a revenue stream, barrier to entry and protects cartels.
    Thats win win win with the full protection of powerful governments.
    Prices are stable, projections hold and noting disruptive escapes the lab, garage ect without the option to buy out, license or delay.
  • by cjcela (1539859) on Wednesday July 28, 2010 @07:18PM (#33064066)
    Patents protect big companies, not the people who discover new things. And I believe that companies whose only assets are IP purchased from other parties are a degeneration. The way it is right now, only large companies can innovate; small companies often do not even have the resources to check what they are infringing, if any. So the cost of innovation becomes incredibly expensive for the small guy, and any legal disagreement gets resolved in favor of the ones with deepest pockets. The system as it is is flawed, and deeply skewed towards the party who has more money.
  • by FreeUser (11483) on Thursday July 29, 2010 @07:44AM (#33067576)

    So the cost of innovation becomes incredibly expensive for the small guy, and any legal disagreement gets resolved in favor of the ones with deepest pockets. The system as it is is flawed, and deeply skewed towards the party who has more money.

    What, you believed just because the told you patents were to promote progress in the sciences, that that is their real reason?

    I've got new for you: the patent system is working precisely as designed.

    Namely:
    1. Innovation is successfully limited to (mostly) large enterprises
    2. Smaller innovators can be sued or shut down on demand, or allowed to flourish if the appropriate corporate or political pockets are lined
    3. Technological advancement is prevented from going exponential. Indeed, it is slowed to a relative, governable crawl, ensuring those in power stay there in perpetuity.

    So far, little hiccups like the emergence of the Internet aside, the patent system is delivering precisely the results its designers and administrators intend. The only losers are the rest of humanity, and we are not, quite frankly, of any concern to the ruling class.

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