Velocity Micro founder and CEO Randy Copeland has responded to the Samsung counter-suit filed against his company and Nvidia. In a blog post on the subject, Copeland claims to "know nothing" of the initial dispute that inspired Samsung's retort. He's not too happy about being unwittingly caught between the two heavyweights, either. I'll let the man speak for himself:
While we’re not the smallest company in Virginia, we are also not a large multinational technology powerhouse, and that's somewhat on purpose. Samsung has decided to drag us in to its legal battle with Nvidia purely for the purpose of claiming that the Federal District Court for Virginia's Eastern District here in Richmond, also informally known as "the rocket docket" by some, is a reasonable jurisdiction for their litigation. They tactically need Velocity, a Richmond company, to be part of this new suit so they can have a faster time to trial to counter their lawsuits with Nvidia that are pending in those other courts. They are trying to beat Nvidia to the punch on other fronts, but they are all too willing to throw a private company under the proverbial bus for their own strategy reasons. It's simply wrong, and a shining example of what's broken in big corporate America.
We can and will vigorously defend against the claims made in this lawsuit. Regretfully, precious company resources and energy will be diverted from our core business and wasted to fight one of the world's largest companies, just so they can play legal games with Nvidia and the court system. Comparatively, we are a small private business, and have absolutely nothing to do with the disputes between these business giants. This is not our fight, and it's unconscionable that Samsung is willing to completely disregard the effects and financial fallout this legal tactic will have on the undeserving employees of Velocity Micro and our local community. We genuinely appreciate the outpouring of support from our customers and partners around the country, and we promise not to allow this lawsuit to alter our focus on serving them.
It's unfortunate if convenient geography is indeed Samsung's only motivation for bringing Velocity Micro into its legal tussle with Nvidia.