SANTA CLARA, CA -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that an administrative law judge in the International Trade Commission (ITC) has made an initial determination that two of the five Rambus patents at issue are invalid and unenforceable, in an action that had been brought against NVIDIA.
"We are pleased with the initial determination from the ITC finding two patents invalid but disappointed about its ruling on the other three patents," said David Shannon, NVIDIA executive vice president and general counsel. "All five of the patents continue to be subject to reexamination proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office, in which the Office has consistently found the asserted claims of all of these patents to be invalid. We will now take the patents before the full commission for a full review of the initial determination announced today."
The ITC litigation stems from a complaint filed in November 2008 by Rambus, involving memory controllers related to graphics processors.
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