The ITC (US International Trade Commission) has opened an investigation against Samsung and chip maker Qualcomm after fellow chip maker NVIDIA complained that certain Galaxy devices infringe on its GPU patents.
In a press release, NVIDIA announced:
U.S. International Trade Commission Opens Investigation Into Samsung Product Infringement Of NVIDIA GPU Patents
Complaints Filed in ITC, District Court Focus on NVIDIA GPU Technology Patents for Mobile Processors Used in Samsung Galaxy Phones and Tablets
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted today to investigate whether certain Samsung products should be blocked from entering the country because they infringe GPU patents owned by NVIDIA.
The decision follows a complaint filed last month in the ITC by NVIDIA. NVIDIA has also filed a lawsuit in the Delaware District Court seeking damages for infringement.
The products at issue include the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 mobile phones; and the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab 2 computer tablets. Most of these devices incorporate Qualcomm mobile processors — including the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801 and 805. Others are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos mobile processors.
“We are pleased with the ITC decision today to open an investigation and look forward to presenting our case on how NVIDIA GPU patents are being used without a license,” said David Shannon, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at NVIDIA.
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