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Nvidia hits back at Intel with countersuit

Posted: 30 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:countersuit  patent portfolio  chipset licence  GPU 

Nvidia Corp. has filed a countersuit in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware against Intel Corp. for breach of contract. The action also seeks to terminate Intel's licence to Nvidia's patent portfolio.

Nvidia's countersuit was brought in response to a filing by Intel last month in the Delaware court, alleging that the four-year-old chipset licence agreement does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers such as its Nehalem processor.

"Nvidia did not initiate this legal dispute," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia. "But we must defend ourselves and the rights we negotiated for when we provided Intel access to our valuable patents. Intel's actions are intended to block us from making use of the very licence rights that they agreed to provide."

Nvidia entered into the disputed agreement in 2004 to bring platform innovations to Intel CPU-based systems. In return, Intel took a licence to Nvidia's portfolio of 3D, GPU and other computing patents. Nvidia had been attempting for more than a year to resolve the disagreement with Intel in a fair and reasonable manner.

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