Intel has filed a lawsuit against Nvidia asking the court to make a declaratory judgement relating to two four-year old license agreements. Intel states that the license to create motherboard chipsets, alleging their agreement does not cover current and future Intel CPUs, including the Nehalem family. The report states NVIDIA claims this filing does not impact any of their currently shipping products.
Commenting on the lawsuit the Nvidia Spokesperson Ujesh Desai said the company is confident that the license it signed still applies to current and future generation CPU’s.
“We’re defending ourselves,” he explained. “For the past year, we have been working with Intel to come to some kind of agreement on this, but the talks proved unsuccessful.”
While Intel says:
“Intel has filed suit against Nvidia seeking a declaratory judgment over rights associated with two agreements between the companies. The suit seeks to have the court declare that Nvidia is not licensed to produce chipsets that are compatible with any Intel processor that has integrated memory controller functionality, such as Intel’s Nehalem microprocessors and that Nvidia has breached the agreement with Intel by falsely claiming that it is licensed. Intel has been in discussions with Nvidia for more than a year attempting to resolve the matter but unfortunately we were unsuccessful. As a result Intel is asking the court to resolve this dispute.”
Both of the companies are hoping “especially Intel” that this dispute will not effect the other areas of working relationship.