3dfx to "vigorously defend" against patent claims
NVIDIA's recently announced patent suit against 3dfx is an obvious attempt to force a settlement in 3dfx's own patent suit against NVIDIA, according to a press release from 3dfx today. Here's the meat of it:
SAN JOSE, Calif.- August 29, 2000 -3dfx Interactive® Inc. (NASDAQ:TDFX)
stated today that it would vigorously defend against claims of patent
infringement made by NVIDIA Corporation in a lawsuit filed August 28, 2000.
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of California and concerns five NVIDIA patents. NVIDIA seeks an
injunction restraining the Company from manufacturing, selling or importing
certain of its products, as well as monetary damages.
The Company previously filed suit against NVIDIA on September 21, 1998
alleging patent infringement of patents owned by the Company relating to
NVIDIA's use of multi-texturing technology. Several hearings have been held
with respect to this matter and a decision is expected shortly as to claim
interpretation regarding those patents.
"NVIDIA's filing of a suit is clearly an attempt to force a settlement of
our existing patent infringement lawsuit against NVIDIA, and we believe
demonstrates a lack of confidence in their current defense," said Alex
Leupp, president and CEO of 3dfx Interactive. "We anticipate receiving
rulings as to claim interpretation issues in our existing lawsuit shortly,
and are committed to protecting our intellectual property and maximizing the
financial benefits of our technology for our shareholders. We regret that
NVIDIA feels compelled to resort to these kinds of tactics as a defense of
the pending litigation. 3dfx intends to vigorously defend itself against
Yep, 3dfx filed suit against NVIDIA a while back over a patent multitexturing in 3D graphicsa fact I missed in our story yesterday on NVIDIA's suit. So nobody's clean as the driven snow here. Although I can see how the 3dfx patent might have more merit, I'm surely no expert in evaluating these kinds of claims. And anyhow, 3dfx sued first. Given 3dfx's present situation, I wouldn't be surprised to see NVIDIA get a settlement soon.