Nvidia wins first round at the ITC, complaint might see Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, S5, and more, banned from the US

A little over a month after Nvidia first filed a complaint with the ITC over Qualcomm's and Samsung's supposed infringement of its patented technology, the not-exactly-judicial federal body has ruled in favor of the former, and an investigation is in order.

For those of you who missed out on the original story, Nvidia first felt compelled to act on September 4, as the company thinks that the $9 billion it spent on R&D since 1993 deserves some sort of a return, and that's impossible with companies that refuse to license its tech. At least the company feels so. Samsung was lightning fast to react and asserted that it will tkae "all measures necessary" to fight off the allegations made by the chipmaker.

At the core of the complaint are 7 specific patents that Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm (but also ARM and Imagination Technologies) are infringing upon. According to the original statement from the company, they chose to act after several rounds of talks with Samsung led to no agreement -- Samsung, purportedly, refused to deal with the issue, as the electronics giant felt that this is an issue with its suppliers. It's quite obvious that Nvidia doesn't feel that way, and is asking for a number of high-profile Samsung devices to be banned from the States, including the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy S4 and S5. Also threatened are Samsung slates like the Galaxy Tab S, the Galaxy Note Pro, and the Galaxy Tab 2. The issue here is that these are powered by Qualcomm or Exynos chipsets, both of which Nvidia considers to be making unfair use of its patent portfolio. 

In any case, it'll probably be a long while until we know anything for certain. We'll keep you posted.

source: Nvidia via VentureBeat



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Will be interesting to know what patent was violated.

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

naah, that just time pass.

49. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thats unfair, qualcomm is the one who made soc so go after qualcomm or Arm or powervr... why putting someone else's crime on samsung's shoulders

56. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

except nVidia isn't justified as there were others in the graphics field, some even existed prior to nvidia and it makes sense that such tech should trickle down to mobile devices considering a laptop is also a mobile device albeit lacking cellular connectivity (well there are some laptops that came with built in cards).

58. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

when the news about nvidia suing samsung and qualcomm first break out nvidia already explain that. (check anandtech for detail. AFAIK most site reporting the news did not mention it). people asking why they go after samsung when samsung only use IMG / ARM gpu design for their exynoss. then nvidia mention the licensing agreement they have with intel. the licensing fee intel pay to nvidia wasn't just for the access to nvidia GPU IP but also for the Power VR gpu used in intel SoC. i think there is still a lot of stuff not known to the public. so far only samsung say they will fight back. last i heard qualcomm still try to re-evaluating the situation. ARM refuse to comment and IMG only says that they believe their gpu tech is well protected and unique.

63. vincelongman

Posts: 5698; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also why just go after Samsung? If Nvidia win this case it would probably encourage them to go after every other OEM, e.g. Apple, Sony, HTC, LG... Since all OEM use GPUs from either Qualcomn, ARM & Imagination Technologies Even as a big fan of Nvidia's new Maxwell GPUs, I think this could be potentially very bad for mobiles

69. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

that's one possibility but there are also possibility that company like Apple etc already in talk with nvidia and progressing towards agreement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/05/us-nvidia-qualcomm-samsung-elec-idUSKBN0GZ2N220140905 note in the article that when he was ask about going after Apple Huang decline to comment about that and mention: "we continue to have productive conversations with a lot of other companies out there."

79. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Current patent system allow for vague interpretation. Up to the patent holder to implies what their few sketches of drawing means. You need to have millions or billons to fight off patent trolls in order to conduct a legit business.

82. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

> patent troll > nvidia right...

86. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yeah, draw some sketches on the paper and the technology is yours for 20 years, thats the US patent system... sure these rules were created with bad intentions, 5 years are more than enough for any patent

2. bendgate unregistered

Nvidia did what Apple had been trying for years.

53. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If Nvidia can sue Samsung for buying , Qualcomm made soc , than Nvidia CAN SUE THE PEOPLE THAT BUY SAMSUNG DEVICES , too. Right???? So , don't buy Note 4 ,

77. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Most likely due to other things other than 'just buying the soc'.

4. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Guess who is taking Apple's place in the court :D

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Would love for you to make a patent/buy one and let other people use it for free while they make billions and you 0 from it.

66. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why don't they go after qualcomm or arm??? why everyone aims samsung???need publicity huh??? Or that others can't pay thesum they want.... From now I'll never buy nvidia gpus...

67. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why don't they go after qualcomm or arm??? why everyone aims samsung???need publicity huh??? Or that others can't pay thesum they want.... From now I'll never buy nvidia gpus...

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Cheaters never win. Why must Samsung always copy?

11. bendgate unregistered

Because they are crazy. In many cases originality would've been much better.

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Better say the same thing about every other smartphone manufacturer as the patents in question are supposedly infringed upon by ARM, Qualcomm, Apple, Sony, LG etc. All of them. Not sure why they picked Samsung.

14. bendgate unregistered

Because they have more money than others.

20. AnasMalas

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Samsung MAKES exynose chips!! also qualcomm and arm are facing charges!! if samsung just used snapdragons maybe it would have not been sued!!

38. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Ah, excellent point about the Exynos. Forgot about that because they don't use them here in the states.

39. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

I think you can not read and understand it?. All devices SS sell in us is qualcomm cpu, not exynos.

47. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Not true dipsh!t check your facts before you open your idiotic mouth..

60. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But even with the Exynos, the GPU the Mali-T760, which is designed by ARM. Again, ARM would be the infringing party, if indeed the is any infringement.

68. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Exynos is purely based on ARM design...which samsung licensed from ARM..so that too is not a fault of samsung...it's ARM who should pay not samsung..

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Actually that'd be Apple. But I'm sure they'll also say that's the supplier's fault and nothing more will come of it.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What did Samsung copy here? They bought a part. If there was any copying, it was by their supplier. However, notice that nVidia has also named Imagination, which is used in the iPhone. They're calling out pretty much all mobile GPUs.

75. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Hey tedkord.....making sense of this is not allowed....its supposed to be an 'ah hah Samsung the copy cat' pile on....

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