Remember when Nvidia accused the South Korean tech giant Samsung and Qualcomm of patent infringement related to its GPU technology? This happened back in September and started the Samsung-Nvidia lawsuit that has been going on ever since. Now it’s Samsung’s turn to strike back so it accuses Nvidia of infringing its patents.
Samsung filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Alexandria division. The Samsung-Nvidia continues with Samsung accusing Nvidia of infringing six of Samsung’s original patents. Velocity Micro, which is Nvidia’s customer is charged with eight infringement patents by Samsung.
Samsung says that the patents infringed by Nvidia include chip design patents and other technologies like a system that reduced booting time in a computer.
Samsung also accuses Nvidia of false advertising for claiming their Shield tablet features the fastest mobile processor in the world, called Tegra K1. Samsung claims that this statement is not true because its own Exynos 5433 processor is faster. Also, Samsung said that even Apple’s A8X processor is faster than Nvidia’s.
The Samsung-Nividia lawsuit started in September when Nividia filed a complaint against Samsung, accusing that the South Korean tech company and Qualcomm stole seven of its original patents related to GPU technology. Nividia asked the ITC to block any shipments of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets that run on Qualcomm Adreno processor, the ARM Mali or the PowerVR graphics architectures by Imagination.
Nvidia stated in a blog post that after suing Samsung, it expected to be sued back because that is the normal tactic in these cases. Nvidia also said that it hasn’t yet responded to Samsung’s latest accusations but still claims that their processor is better than the ones on the Galaxy Note 4.
In the latest Samsung-Nvidia lawsuit, Samsung said that:
“We are pursuing necessary legal measures to defend our intellectual property rights and to ensure our continued growth in the IT industry.”
In response, Nvidia stated that:
“We’ll review and respond to these new claims against us, and look forward to presenting our case on how Nvidia GPU patents are being used without a license.”