3dfx vows to defend themselves against NVIDIA's lawsuit.
3dfx Vows to defend patent infringement lawsuit
SAN JOSE, Calif.- August 29, 2000 -3dfx Interactive® Inc. (NASDAQ:TDFX)
stated today that it would vigorously defend against claims of patent infringement
made by NVIDIA Corporation in a lawsuit filed August 28, 2000. The lawsuit was
filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
and concerns five NVIDIA patents. NVIDIA seeks an injunction restraining the
Company from manufacturing, selling or importing certain of its products, as
well as monetary damages.
The Company previously filed suit against NVIDIA on September 21, 1998 alleging
patent infringement of patents owned by the Company relating to NVIDIA's use
of multi-texturing technology. Several hearings have been held with respect
to this matter and a decision is expected shortly as to claim interpretation
regarding those patents.
"NVIDIA's filing of a suit is clearly an attempt to force a settlement
of our existing patent infringement lawsuit against NVIDIA, and we believe demonstrates
a lack of confidence in their current defense," said Alex Leupp, president
and CEO of 3dfx Interactive. "We anticipate receiving rulings as to claim
interpretation issues in our existing lawsuit shortly, and are committed to
protecting our intellectual property and maximizing the financial benefits of
our technology for our shareholders. We regret that NVIDIA feels compelled to
resort to these kinds of tactics as a defense of the pending litigation. 3dfx
intends to vigorously defend itself against this litigation."
About 3dfx Interactive
3dfx Interactive is a global leader in enabling the emerging age of visual communications,
and the 3D multimedia revolution in personal computers and consumer products.
With its patented and award-winning graphics accelerator chips, boards and software,
3dfx provides the technology to create high-impact visual experiences. The company
is recognized worldwide for its ability to bring the world's finest games, educational
content, interactive entertainment and media-rich business applications to life.
3dfx products are available in retail stores worldwide, and through leading
PC makers including Compaq, Dell, Micron and Gateway. 3dfx has headquarters
in San Jose, Calif., with engineering and manufacturing facilities in Richardson,
Texas, Austin, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. The company also operates www.3dfxgamers.com,
the premier online community for Voodoo owners and gaming enthusiasts. 3dfx
Interactive is available on the Web at http://www.3dfx.com.