Nvidia, Samsung Finally Manage to Settle Long-running Mobile GPU Patent Suit
Almost a year and a half ago, Nvidia filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung and Qualcomm, claiming that various GPUs used by the companies violated Nvidia’s mobile GPU patent. In response to this suit, Samsung filed their own counter suit against Nvidia claiming that the US-based chip maker and its partners are violating Samsung`s patents.
Having found party guilty of infringement, Nvidia asked for the decision to be reviewed. The final ruling on Samsung`s counter suit was supposed to take place on May 2, but before that, Nvidia and Samsung announced that they have both ended all litigation between each other.
In an announcement, Nvidia representative said that both companies have ended their suits with US courts, US ITC and the US patent office effective immediately.
Both companies have agreed to cross-license a small number of patents by each company to the other, but both have announced that it is not a broad cross-licensing agreement. Other terms of the agreement, such as potential payments, have not been disclosed.
Nvidia would have faced a potential import ban on some of their products if they had lost in the final ruling of the Samsung`s counter-suit, and so there was a clear need for Nvidia to settle the case rather than waiting on ITC and court rulings.
There is some cross-licensing going on between Samsung and Nvidia, which means that Nvidia still holds at least some patents that Samsung believes they need. But, with the suit being settled out of court Nvidia does not have a strong position for further patent licensing efforts.
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