US Trade Commission Rejects Nvidia’s Claims Of Patent Infringement By Samsung And Qualcomm
A US trade body has decided to uphold its earlier decision of denying Nvidia’s claims of patent violation by Samsung Electronics Co and Qualcomm Inc. According to Nvidia, both these companies violated Nvidia’s graphics chip technology patents but apparently the trade commission doesn’t see it that way.
Nvidia claimed it invented the first graphics processing chip and released it in 1999 and accused Samsung and Qualcomm of using its patents on graphics chip technology in Exynos and Snapdragon processors respectively without permission or compensation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) decided not to review an initial order by an administrative law judge on Oct. 9 as it found no violation of Nvidia’s patents related to graphics-processing chips. According to Judge Thomas Pender, Samsung did not infringe two of Nvidia’s patents, however, it did infringe a third but the patent was declared invalid since it was not a new invention.
Had the ruling been done in Nvidia’s favor, the authority given to USITC could have meant disaster for Samsung and Qualcomm as the trade body has power to stop import of products and it might have been a massive pay day for Nvidia as well.
Nvidia however still maintains its stance that their patent was infringed upon and is once again seeking to file an appeal on the USITC’s decision.
“We remain firm in our belief that our patents are valid and have been infringed,” Nvidia said in a blog post on Monday.