Sunday, April 12, 2009

Something to Think About With Patents

I got Nvidia Countersues Intel as Licensing War Heats Up from PC Magazine. While I do not practice patent law, my purpose here is to emphasize the importance of intellectual property to a business.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp countersued Intel Corp for breach of contract on Thursday, alleging that Intel made misleading statements designed to undermine Nvidia's licensing rights.

The suit seeks to terminate Intel's license to Nvidia's patents related to graphics processing and three-dimensional computing and comes in response to a related suit by Intel last month.

Nvidia believes that without a licensing agreement, Intel's line of integrated graphics chips violate Nvidia's patent portfolio, according to Nvidia spokesman Hector Marinez.