In its first lawsuit ever, NVIDIA has launched a patent suit focused on Samsung Galaxy Phones, Tablets and Qualcomm over GPU patents.
NVIDIA writes on its blog:
“This is an important day for NVIDIA. For the first time since starting this company 21 years ago, we have initiated a patent lawsuit.”
NVIDIA writes that they repeatedly complained the patent infringement to Samsung over Qualcomm’s chips but nothing happened.
“We made no progress. Samsung repeatedly said that this was mostly their suppliers’ problem. We had several meetings where we demonstrated how our patents apply to all of their mobile devices and to all the graphics architectures they use.”
NVIDIA has named 12 Samsung devices they want to block: the Galaxy Note, Note Pro, Note 3, Tab S, Tab Pro, Tab 2, Galaxy S III, S4, S5, Infuse 4G and Samsung Illusion.
The claim covers these major points:
- The entire concept of the GPU i.e. dedicated graphics processing chip
- Programmable shading
- Unified shading
- Multithreaded processing on a GPU
Qualcomm’s chips, its GPUs, are used in numerous devices beyond just Samsung’s. Depending on courts’ judgment to confirm the validity, infringement and value of our patents, Samsung and particularly Qualcomm may be in for a long fight.
Read the full statement here : Nvidia Launches Patent Suits