Perhaps Nvidia won't be next in a string of companies to settle with Rambus, tail between its legs. BusinessWeek has had a chat with Nvidia General Counsel David Shannon, who ruled out the possibility of a quick settlement.
Shannon told BusinessWeek that Nvidia and Rambus had already been in talks for eight years when Rambus filed its lawsuit in July 2008, so it's "unrealistic to think that there's going to be an agreement any time soon." Nvidia is also receiving "no pressure" from customers to reach a settlement.
Shannon added, somewhat bullishly, "Our customers will never have their businesses interrupted. . . . Our position is there will be no exclusion order." Should Rambus come out the victor before the U.S. International Trade Commission, Nvidia could go on to appeal in "a court that specializes in patent law."
As we noted earlier this week, the ITC's preliminary ruling is that Nvidia infringes on three of five Rambus patents. However, BusinessWeek says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has also rejected three Rambus patents and, in response to an appeal by Rambus, is currently taking a second look. That appeal process will reportedly take over a year.
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