FuzzySharp Technologies Sues Nvidia over Previously Asserted 3D Patents
- December 19, 2012
FuzzySharp Technologies filed suit against Nvidia alleging infringement of two patents related to 3D graphics processing. FuzzySharp has filed more than nine prior suits since December 2001 against multiple defendants, including HP, Silicon Graphics, I-O Data, ATI, S3, 3DLabs, and Sun Microsystems. FuzzySharp previously filed suit in November 2009 against Nvidia, Matrox, and Nvidia’s customers Dell and Sony, but voluntarily dismissed the case in November 2010 (5:10cv01844). FuzzySharp won its November 2011 Federal circuit case against 3DLabs where the court vacated and remanded the case after the district court had invalidated the same patents-in-suit for failure to meet the “machine-or-transformation” test (4:07cv05948). In light of the Supreme Court’s Bilski v. Kappos decision, the Federal Circuit determined that the district court erred in finding the claims unpatentable solely by failing to satisfy the machine-or-transformation test. FuzzySharp is also currently involved in a suit against Intel, which it re-filed in August 2012 after voluntarily dismissing the defendant from the case in June 2012. Mr. Hong Lip Lim, FuzzySharp’s president, is the named inventor of the patents-in-suit. 12/17, Northern District of California, assigned to Judge Joseph C. Spero, 3:12cv06375.