Rambus is dropping allegations against Nvidia relating to four of nine patents the IP chip firm claims are being infringed by GeForce graphics processors and nForce chipsets. Nvidia says the withdrawal concedes the "weakness" of Rambus' claims, while Rambus says it's simply "streamlining" the process. Rambus asked an …
I have a feeling if they drop the rest, the other's that have lost to them in the courts will sue for their money back. I still say their investors should revolt. Rambus should never have come into being in the first place. Everything that was original to them were the worst parts of their tech. No one stole those parts of the designs, or bothered paying royalties to use anything that wasn't from the standards meeting where they discussed ddr :-P I also have a feeling things are creeping towards a reality where the rambus body is on the other end of the law suit fence relatively soon (soon in legal terms is like watching which direction a slug is going to go, you at least know where it's head is pointing :P), a lot of the slowness is them trying to figure out how to get out of it as easy as possible. If I were them I would be gifting as much cash away as possible asap :-P
Conserving the what now?
A Rambus spokeswoman, on the other hand, told El Reg that it filed the motion to "simplify the investigation, streamline the hearing, and conserve Commission resources in consideration of the evidence that will be presented at the hearing."
"streamline and conserve (other peoples) resources". Right, like that is how these litigious bastards always behave.
Paris. She knows nothing about conserving resources either.
The ITC is a US government organisation, it's not an international body.
It has the power to stop imports into the US from other countries (hence the "international" in it's name). It can only do that if the products being imported violate US patent/trademark/copyright etc laws.
I see the point of having the ITC to stop fly-by-night foreign companies who couldn't be dragged into a US court - you need to just stop them importing counterfeit goods in the first place. But Nvidia are a reputable company with (presumably) substantial US assets; if they lose the patent infringement lawsuit in a real US court then that court will be able to order damages and/or an injunction stopping Nvidia from selling their products. So I don't see why they should be forced to fight Rambus at the ITC. (I see why Rambus would like it though).
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