They’ve Got Beef – Samsung Asks ITC to Block NVIDIA Chips in U.S.

23 Nov 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

NVIDIA-Samsung patent war heats up with new trade commission complaint.

Samsung Electronics Co is seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp from the US market, escalating a battle begun after licensing talks failed.With recent licensing negotiations between Samsung and NVIDIA having ended with both companies at loggerheads, it would appear that this new patent war episode has gotten even more heated in the interim.The raging legal war between chip manufacturer NVIDIA and mobile electronics giant Samsung has reached new levels, with the Korean company filing International Trade Commission complaints against NVIDIA to back up its latest countersuit. Samsung is asking the US agency to block the importation of goods featuring NVIDIA chips, which include its Tegra-branded mobile processors and its GeForce graphics accelerators for PCs.

There are a number of third-party manufacturers who would be affected by such a complaint if the ITC decides in Samsung’s favor, Including companies that use Tegra chips in mobile gaming platforms and companies like EVGA and Biostar who manufacture and sell video cards in the US. While copies of Samsung’s request weren’t readily available, this marks the latest chapter in a saga that started in September, when NVIDIA filed an ITC complaint against Samsung and rival chip manufacturer Qualcomm. The US-based chip manufacturer maintains that both Qualcomm and Samsung were using unlicensed versions of NVIDIA GPU technologies in mobile devices like the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4. Two months later, Samsung filed a patent infringement suit against NVIDIA, alleging early this month that NVIDIA and one client infringed on up to eight separate patents on its Shield gaming tablet. That lawsuit targets Nvidia’s Shield tablets. “We have not seen the complaint so can’t comment, but we look forward to pursuing our earlier filed ITC action against Samsung products,” Nvidia spokesman Hector Marinez said in an e-mailed statement.

With Samsung’s new request in place, it looks like a classic “he said/she said” situation for the two companies, though in a recent statement, NVIDIA said that it cannot provide any reaction to the new Samsung complaint. Samsung also accuses the company of false advertising by stating that its Tegra mobile chips are the fastest on the market, claiming their own benchmarking efforts have shown that there are chipsets out there that can perform more quickly than NVIDIA’s flagship GPU.

Also named in the ITC complaint on Friday were computer-parts manufacturers including Taiwan’s Biostar Microtech International Corp (映泰) and Elitegroup Computer Systems Co (精英). The new case is: In the Matter of Certain Graphics Processing Chips, Systems on a Chip, Complaint No. 3042 and the Nvidia case is In the Matter of Certain Consumer Electronics and Display Devices with Graphics Processing and Graphics Processing Units, 337-932.

All in all, NVIDIA seems unconcerned with Samsung’s antics when it comes to lawsuits, instead exhibiting quiet confidence in the ability of its own legal team to prevail over the South Korean electronics giant once it gets its day in court.

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