Longtime Plaintiff Aims Infringement Allegations at Compliance with a Different Set of JEDEC Standards

May 25, 2019

The litigation campaign of individual named inventor James B. Goodman came to an abrupt halt in mid-2018 after a magistrate judge in the Southern District of Texas, upon hearing arguments over a motion for summary judgment of noninfringement brought by HP, indicated an inclination to grant that motion. The magistrate filed a report and recommendation along those lines, Goodman responded with objections, and District Judge Keith P. Ellison overruled those objections, adopted the magistrate’s recommendations, and dismissed the case. Meanwhile, because the infringement allegations elsewhere were similarly premised on the alleged compliance with certain JEDEC standards, Goodman promptly dismissed suits against Acer, ASUSTek, and Lenovo in the Northern District of California and against Samsung in Southern District of New York. The campaign, however, appears not to be over after all; this past week, Goodman sued NVIDIA (1:19-cv-04661) in the Southern District of New York over the same patent, this time alleging infringement through the provision of graphics cards incorporating certain GPUs and GDDR5, GDDR5X, or GDDR6 memory, allegedly practicing relevant (and different) JEDEC standards JESD212C, JESD232A, and JESD250B, respectively.

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