NVIDIA Files Patent Infringement Suit Against 3dfx Corporation
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SAN JOSE, CA — AUGUST 28, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the leader in advanced graphics processing technology, announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 3dfx Interactive® Inc. (Nasdaq: TDFX) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
NVIDIA's lawsuit involves five NVIDIA patents and seeks an injunction restraining 3dfx from manufacturing, selling, or importing infringing graphics chip and card products including Voodoo3, Voodoo4, and Voodoo5 and VSA-100 family of products, as well as monetary damages.
The lawsuit alleges that 3dfx's graphics chip and card products which are used to accelerate 3D graphics on personal computers, infringe on the following NVIDIA U.S. Patents: No: 5,687,357; No. 5,721,947; No: 5,758,182; No: 6,023,738; and No: 6,092,124.
"We have always been on the forefront of innovation in 3D graphics technology and visual computing," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "This innovation is achieved through the annual investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development. We cannot allow the fruits of this investment to be misappropriated."
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