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International Trade Commission rules that Samsung did not infringe upon Nvidia's graphics patent

By midian182
Oct 12, 2015
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  1. In September last year, Nvidia filed lawsuits against Samsung and Qualcomm alleging that the companies had used technology owned by the chip maker without compensation or permission. On Friday, Thomas B. Pender, an administrative law judge for the US International Trade Commission, dealt Nvidia’s case a blow when he cleared the companies of any wrongdoing.

    Nvidia wanted to block several of Samsung’s devices from being sold in the US due to the alleged infringement. The ITC ruled, however, that Samsung did not infringe upon two out of three of Nvidia’s patents. And while it did infringe on the third, Judge Pender ruled that the patent is invalid because it was not a new invention compared with previously known patents.

    Nvidia spokesman Robert Sherbin said the company remains confident in the case, and that the ruling will be reviewed by a full commission before the final decision is made this coming Friday.

    We now intend to ask the full commission (which is made up of six commissioners) to review this initial determination and to confirm the previous judgment of the US Patent Office – that the third patent is valid. If they agree, the ITC would issue an order that would preclude Samsung from importing into the US infringing Samsung mobile devices and smart TVs. We are continuing this case by proceeding to the next step in the process because we believe our

    Nvidia, which said it invented the first graphics processing chip and released it in 1999, alleged that Samsung’s Exynos processors and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors infringed on seven of its patents. Samsung countersued Nvidia last November, also alleging patent infringement and seeking to block the sales of graphics processors made by Nvidia in the US market. Samsung went on to accused Nvidia of practicing ‘false advertising’ for saying the Tegra K1 is the fastest mobile processor in the world, when the South Korean company claimed its Exynos 5433 processor is faster.

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,171   +577

    "Nvidia, which said it invented the first graphics processing chip"

    Nvidia is fitting the exact definition of patent troll here. Not only can they not prove that they created the first GPU, they waited until the market was mature enough to catch a big enough fish. Thankfully they failed but it really does show the caliber of Nvidia.

    On the first GPU, Nvidia only popularized the term "GPU" but they definitely were not the first.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_processing_unit#1980s
     
  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    I think you'll find that the term "graphics processing unit" as coined by Nvidia refers to the chip having programmable pixel shaders handling transform and lighting rather than offloading to the CPU - which is actually true.
    Other companies had elements of the same technology in development, but BitBoys Pyramid3D, 3dfx's Rampage, and Rendition's Vérité 4400 were still at the prototype stage (and did not come to commercial fruition). The later ATI Charisma engine did reach commercial products, but not before Nvidia had already launched the NV10 (GeForce 256). The only other card with the capability- the Hercules Thriller Conspiracy- used two separate chips (Rendition Vérité 2200 and Fujitsu FXG-1), and wasn't in the same class.

    The third patent wasn't actually dismissed, but the judge ruled that the patent was too broad to be enforced.
     
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  4. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Dividebyzero, with the wealth of info you usually bring to the discussions, I've always wondered what you do/did for a living; you seem to be in the know on A LOT.
    Always enjoy reading your posts. thanks! ;)
     
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  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Chef by trade for the past couple of decades. I switched from tech when the industry I was involved in disintegrated as the prime mover in my countries economy. Like many enthusiasts, got involved with computing at school, although back in the late 70's, to take the class you had to build your computer - which was less plug and play, than breadboard, solder and wirewrapping skills. Moved on to mainframe computers (punchcard hell) in the early 80's until their place was taken by servers and my interest moved more toward personal computing.
     
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Awesome (and delicious)! I guess your icon should have been a dead giveaway :p
     

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