U.S. ITC Rules That Nvidia Infringed Rambus Patents

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The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that graphics-chip maker Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) infringed on patents held by Rambus Inc (RMBS), and said it will order certain Nvidia imports into the United States to be barred.

After the ruling, Nvidia said it will pay to license Rambus technology, Dow Jones Newswires reported. Nvidia said that there would be "no impact on our customers or our business."

In January, an ITC administrative law judge ruled that Nvidia infringed on three Rambus patents. He recommended tat the offending products should be excluded from import into the United States. Monday's ruling was a three-page notice affirming the judge's determination, though with some changes.

Rambus filed its ITC complaint in 2008. The complaint aimed to prevent the importation of Nvidia products that had memory controllers that interface with certain other memory devices.
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