OPTi Initiates Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Apple

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Apple is in court fairly often; I'm sure almost everyone is aware of the recent Cisco case. Most people are not so aware of this one though. OPTi Inc. announced today that it had filed a lawsuit on January 16 against Apple Inc. for infringing on three of OPTi's patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,710,906, Patent No. 5,813,036 and Patent No. 6,405, 291). All three patents are part of what OPTi refers to as "Predictive Snooping of Cache Memory for Master-Initiated Accesses." According to OPTi, Apple utilizes the Predictive Snooping technology in its line of Mac servers, desktops and laptop computers. OPTi isn't suing just Apple; the small Mountain View, California-based company is pursuing patent infringement lawsuits with other "unnamed companies" as well.

I'd like to mention that OPTi has a very elaborate website, check it out below.

Link: OPTi
News source: DailyTech

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I had a quick look at the opti web site source, hmmm all the links have been commented out. To see their main site look here:

www.opti-inc.com

sorry to disappoint anyone thinking something dodge going on but the change was made between 15+24th June 2004 according to my friends at www.archive.com

Eis said,
If you read the source you can see the mistake. They wrote half of the website as a comment. The actual products and stuff are here. -- http://www.opti-inc.com/index4.html
And yet if you look at the real site it still looks horrible, plus one of the four main links in broken and two others are pages under construction (copyright 2003 or earlier also).

I hate it when companies do this. What I hate more is when people file for patents on DNA. Ya know.. America really sucks at this patent thing.

OMG OPTi!!!!

Does anyone remember back in the Pentium 1 era the OPTi 82C861 sound chipset? The drivers on this thing were almost impossible to install. You had to go through DOS and then later in windows replace 2 files that corrupt themselves. God it was hell!

I wonder what'll happen here.

Didn't they used to make chipsets a LONG time ago? Back before it really mattered whose chipset you had on your board?

Hak Foo said,
Didn't they used to make chipsets a LONG time ago? Back before it really mattered whose chipset you had on your board?

They still make chipsets... and it still matters who made the one on your board... ask anyone with one of the buggy nForce boards, or someone with a VIA board that has USB problems...

GreyWolfSC said,

They still make chipsets... and it still matters who made the one on your board... ask anyone with one of the buggy nForce boards, or someone with a VIA board that has USB problems... :)

No I said "Before it mattered".

It seems like chipsets became less of a commodity in the mid-Pentium 1 era, when Intel's chipsets became the 'name brand' of the market, and everyone started aping them (remember "TX Pro" boards?) They've been since.

so says the irritated ULI M1695/1697 board owner who will never see a driver update again.

Ditto the wow, also just looked at the source out of curiosity (since it looked like crap) and they don't even have a DTD, I'm guessing they've never updated it.

Yeah, "WoW", really amazing website... I don't think their are going to use win anything at all. Apple is Apple. Microsoft had a lot of problems and still haves and Apple has them too. Just Apple is smaller for now, and most of the companies will try to "kill" it before it becomes too big like ex. Microsoft.

Wow.... That website is pathetic. Is this another one of those patent-holding companies that don't actually do anything with their patents? Like the company that sued RIM?

That case was such BS.
What good is a patent if you don't make something cool using it?

Oh, right. A lawsuit. Well that's freakin' pathetic.