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ITC judge clears Samsung of NVIDIA patent infringement allegations

Samsung logo at a press event booth
Samsung logo at a press event booth (Image credit: Android Central)

A U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has ruled that Samsung did not infringe on two NVIDIA patents for which it was taken to court in September of 2014. The judge did find that Samsung infringed on a third patent, but ultimately nullified it. From Reuters:

Judge Thomas Pender said Samsung did not infringe two Nvidia patents, and while it did infringe a third, he ruled that patent is invalid because it was not a new invention compared with previously known patents.

The case brought against Samsung and Qualcomm in September, 2014 alleged that the companies' Exynos and Snapdragon processors had infringed upon three patents related to graphics processing. NVIDIA was seeking a sales ban on Samsung products using the technology — which the ITC has the power to enforce — but it looks as though that effort will be unsuccessful thanks to this ruling.

Source: Reuters

15 Comments
  • Nice to see an BS patent knocked out. It would be even better if the Patent Office would quit granting them in the first place, but that would require a functional, logical operation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Patent Trolls have been slapped down a bit!
  • Do you even know what a "patent troll" IS? Hint, they don't generally make things. Their only employees are lawyers. Nvidia is the market leader in desktop and mobile graphics. Their patent portfolio represents decades of innovation in that space. They actually make things.
  • Well Samsung of all companies is known for copying so it wouldn't be a surprise if they actually did. Posted via Android Central App
  • Indeed as they all do. If you do a bit of impartial research you will see that not one of the big players is innocent of questionable "patent dancing" . They are all guilty but his what? We all win. Posted via the Android Central App
  • His = guess (swift key new install hehe) Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is copying and there is parallel invention. Edison didn't create the light bulb... +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Wasn't he the Internet guy...... Pants
  • That was Gore +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • You might be an Apple moron brush brained... Actually Samsung is the leader... Almost all companies have Samsung components and even your operator network in your country. Trust me only the marketing makes you believe that and iDiot has invented everything. Yes they copy each other and always make better products and the marketing makes you iStupid by believing that they have invented everything. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So who did invent everything?... I bet he's American. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Considering the article had zero info about the patents in question I fail to see how folks commenting here can judge the merits of the case. Given that nvidia is not a patent troll, but is a major innovator in graphics I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
  • Don't worry, it doesn't actually matter if there's information on the patents or not. I can't think of any of the regulars here who are IP attorneys or microprocessor designers, so any opinions you'd read here about the merits of this case would be uninformed gibberish anyway. Posted via the Android Central App
  • When patents are given so haphazardly, no I do not give the her the benefit of the doubt t. 8/10 I am right +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • So sick and tired of this patent crap. Nvidia make a chip that can be. Put in a smartphone again. Posted via the Android Central App