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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

No... if anything, Nvidia would say "We are calling the cops on you".

This has been done in the past and companies are not stupid enough to even handle stolen docs.

OR: What if Pepsi decided it wouldn't make economic sense? If they produced a product that tasted like the Coke, then Coco-Cola would've had to slash their products' prices to compete. Then Pepsi would've been left with the choice of either reducing the prices of their products to match Coco-Cola, or not compete. The result would be that both companies' profit margins would've crashed.

http://www.freakonomics.com/2006/07/07/how-much-would-pepsi-pay-to-get-cokes-secret-formula/


For Nivida however, knowing AMD's stuff allows them to implement what made AMD's GPUs and CPUs strong, and avoid drawbacks that weakened AMD's products. The trick is to not get caught by AMD and have the court stop all sales of Nividia's products that used AMD's information.
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For Nivida however, knowing AMD's stuff allows them to implement what made AMD's GPUs and CPUs strong, and avoid drawbacks that weakened AMD's products. The trick is to not get caught by AMD and have the court stop all sales of Nividia's products that used AMD's information.

NVIDIA already has 65.7 percent of the discrete graphics market (as of Q4'12), so hypothetically speaking why would any company in that position take such an enormous risk? They'd have a lot more to lose than they could possibly gain.

That Freakonomics blurb did add an interesting perspective, however.
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If nVidia isn't a defendant in the case, its unlikely they knew anything about this. Just some guys trying to take advantage of their positions for personal gain. Doubt they would have gotten a job at nVidia had they known about this.

It is very likely that Nvidia knew about it but that can never be proven as there is no evidence, all discussions would have been verbal only. That is likely the only reason Nvidia is not named as a defendant. Depending on what is found during discovery for this case there may be another suit against Nvidia down the road. Especially if they can be found to have benefited from the stolen trade secrets at all.
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They'd have a lot more to lose than they could possibly gain.

No, they stand a great deal to gain as well and they can very well get away with it if it is done properly and discreetly. How do you prove that your competitor is using your secrets to further their own research? Something like that is not very easy to do. It's not a lab where everything gets dotted down on a report thumb.gif
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Corporate espionage...


What would they gain... c'mon really?
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Corporate espionage...


What would they gain... c'mon really?

Learn from your competitor's mistakes and successes.
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Still, in my wettest dreams, I imagine a processor designed jointly by IBM, AMD and Nvidia, thus glowing all the blue red and green colours of visible spectrum like the back of a cd.
I think the judge would understand: "It would be cool"redface.gif
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Still, in my wettest dreams, I imagine a processor designed jointly by IBM, AMD and Nvidia, thus glowing all the blue red and green colours of visible spectrum like the back of a cd.
I think the judge would understand: "It would be cool"redface.gif

And then there's going to be 30 some lawsuits over accusations of partners stealing info from each other or disagreements on how the profits should be split.
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nVidia has been sued in the past for using another companies IP in their GPU's and lost, so they know the peril's of using or even having in their possession another companies data. I highly doubt that they would go down that road again and like others mentioned would more than likely report this to the authorities if they knew about it.
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nVidia has been sued in the past for using another companies IP in their GPU's and lost, so they know the peril's of using or even having in their possession another companies data. I highly doubt that they would go down that road again and like others mentioned would more than likely report this to the authorities if they knew about it.


And yet they didn't turn this guy away. Or send him to the Feds.
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