Disagreement goes to another level

Nvidia versus Intel: Nvidia files lawsuit against Intel

Nvidia has filed a lawsuit against Intel for breach of contract. This is the reaction to the lawsuit filed by Intel against Nvidia.
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In February Intel has filed a lawsuit against Nvidia because there had been a disagreement about the reach of a license agreement signed by the two companies back in 2004. We already reported that Nvidia responded to the Intel Court Filing, but now the graphics card producer has filed a lawsuit against Intel for breach of contract. Below you can find the relevant excerpt of the according Nvidia News Release:
NVIDIA Files Countersuit Against Intel for Breach of Contract

Seeks Termination of Intel's License to NVIDIA Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it has filed a countersuit in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware against Intel Corporation for breach of contract. The action also seeks to terminate Intel's license to NVIDIA's valuable 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 license 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 license 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 license to NVIDIA's rich 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.

To read Intel's initial filing, go to(1):

To read NVIDIA's response and counterclaim, go to(1):

Author: Kristoffer Keipp (Mar 27, 2009)

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