We’re not sure how we overlooked this one, but late last week, Opti apparently “won” a patent hearing over Apple in the Eastern District of Texas. You remember them, right? This is over that whole “Predictive Snooping of Cache Memory for Master-Initiated Accesses” issue. Oh, right, that predictive snooping issue. Uh-huh.
This sets the stage for a full trial in April 2009—although in my zero days of legal training, I just have a hunch that it won’t come that far and that Cupertino will settle first.
So what did Opti win? Well, the “Markman hearing,” as it’s known in the biz, was held on November 26th 2008, and the court found in favor of Opti. Basically that means that both sides present how they think certain terms should be interpreted. Apple lost and Opti won. Simple as that.
We’re hoping that this affects your Thursday as little as it did ours.