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You’ll never guess who’s getting sued for patent infringement again

Published Sep 4th, 2014 4:35PM EDT
Nvidia Vs. Samsung Patent Lawsuit

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Actually, that’s not true — as you can probably guess, it’s Samsung that’s getting hit with yet another intellectual property suit from yet another different company. Chipmaker Nvidia announced on Thursday that it’s launching a patent infringement lawsuit against both Samsung and Qualcomm for allegedly infringing on its patents related to mobile graphics processors. Nvidia says that this is the first patent lawsuit in the company’s history of more than two decades, and we’re sure that Samsung is honored to be part of this important milestone.

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“This afternoon, we filed patent infringement complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm with both the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court, in Delaware,” Nvidia explains. “We are asking the ITC to block shipments of Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and tablets containing Qualcomm’s Adreno, ARM’s Mali or Imagination’s PowerVR graphics architectures. We are also asking the Delaware court to award damages to us for the infringement of our patents.”

Nvidia also says that it’s tried meeting with Samsung to come to a licensing agreement but all talks with the company have failed so far. However, despite Nvidia’s pleas it’s unlikely that we’ll see an immediate injunction granted against all Samsung Galaxy smartphones in the U.S., as that was something even Apple’s high-priced legal team failed to achieve in its multiple successful suits against the company.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.