In a new report, the International Trade Commission called out China for its rampant piracy problem and "indigenous innovation policies" for costing the U.S. economy up to $48 billion in 2009. The report also blames China for costing Americans 2.1 million full time jobs that would otherwise be created if China substantially improved its intellectual property rights policies.
You may remember a few months back when Apple sued HTC for patent infringement. The case centered mostly around HTC's Android phones. Long story short, it looked a little grim for the relatively young HTC, though it will still likely take years for the case to run its course. But now HTC is coming out swinging, and has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) against Apple for infringing five of their patents. HTC has asked the ITC to ban imports of the iPhone, iPad , and iPod Touch. This is a common request in these cases.
According to GIzmodo (though not yet confirmed), two of the patents are related to power management, two are for personalized phone dialers, and one is for a dialer with special memory access. Apple threw everything they had at HTC, and by comparison this is small potatoes. It could be HTC is attempting to extract a cross-licensing deal from Apple, or just get them to call it a day. No corresponding federal lawsuit has been filed as of yet, but that could be coming too. We'll keep an eye on this one folks.
If Rambus could find a way to take people to court just for using the word 'memory,' we have little doubt it would. In the meantime, the legal beagles at Rambus have set their sights on Nvidia and has been granted its request by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate the GPU maker, along with any company using Nvidia products beleived to be infringing.
"In its complaint, Rambus has alleged infringement of nine Rambus patents," Rambus wrote in a press release. "The accused products include NVIDIA products that incorporate DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, GDDR, GDDR2, and GDDR3 memory controllers, including graphics processors, and media and communications processors."
The dispute over Nvidia's products isn't a new one and dates back to July, when Rambus accused Nvidia of violating 17 patents covering chipsets, graphics processors, and media communication processors. At the time, Rambus claimed it had spent six years trying to sell Nvidia a license to use its technology, and wanted an injunction preventing Nvidia from selling allegedly infringing products.