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Latest patent war: Nvidia bitter with Qualcomm, Samsung?

Posted: 05 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent? graphics? Nvidia? Qualcomm? Samsung?

Nvidia did not specify in the suits the amount of damages it is seeking. In the conference call, Huang did not reveal the amount Nvidia sought from Samsung in licensing fees, but he did describe the talks in broad terms:

We've been in discussions with [Samsung] a couple years because given [their systems] include all three GPU architectures available outside ourselves.

We made no progress, and they put no real offer on the table. We spent a lot of time with them and made every effort to have a negotiated outcome. When you have been using technology for free for a while, it's hard to sign a large, significant licensing agreement.

After working on it a couple years we decided we were not making more progress.

Samsung and Qualcomm declined to comment on the suits.

An Nvidia representative said it expects the ITC to determine within 30 days whether to open an investigation. If it does a trial could come in mid-2015 with a decision following within a few months. The Delware court will set a date within 90 days for a trial that may not begin for two or three years, she said.

Patent infringement trials are uncertain affairs as mobile leaders Samsung and Apple have already learned.

Apple filed two patent infringement cases against Samsung that led to high-profile jury trials in Silicon Valley. In initial judgements in 2012, it won about a third of the $2.71 billion it sought in the first case, but it won little more than 5 per cent of the $2.191 it sought in a 2014 case.

- Rick Merritt
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