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Samsung counter sues NVIDIA

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday November 12, 2014.

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NVIDIA has recently sued Samsung over patent infringements in the company's chip business and has even called for a sales ban on a slew of Samsung products. However, the Korean company is hitting back and has now filed its own lawsuit against NVIDIA, saying that the company infringed Samsung's patents.

The court filing says that NVIDIA infringed six of Samsung's patents and more than that the electronics giant suggests that NVIDIA mislead consumers by issuing false benchmarks to show its Shield Tablet as faster that the Galaxy Note 4. Interestingly, Samsung has been forced to admit doctoring benchmarks, so it is a bit rich that the company is targeting NVIDIA over the matter. Samsung is also suing Velocity Micro, a company that used NVIDIA graphics cards and is thus also infringing the patents. NVIDIA is not taking the situation lightly and sent me the following blog post in response to Samsung:

NVIDIA Responds to Samsung Suit

By David Shannon

November 11, 2014


We filed patent lawsuits two months ago against Samsung and Qualcomm alleging that they've used our patented GPU technology without proper compensation to us.

When we filed those suits in the International Trade Commission and Delaware District Court, we fully expected that we would be sued in response. It's a predictable tactic.

So, we weren't surprised when, earlier this week, Samsung filed a lawsuit against us - adding in for good measure Velocity Micro, a small customer of ours based in Virginia.

Their action, filed in Virginia, focuses on eight patents. NVIDIA is alleged to have violated six. Velocity is alleged to have violated all eight.

Included in the filing is a false advertising claim against NVIDIA. It alleges that our statement that the SHIELD tablet, with its Tegra K1 processor, has "the world's fastest mobile processor" is false and misleading. Samsung alleges that its Exynos 5433 processor is faster on a couple benchmarks.

We aren't yet ready to respond formally to Samsung's lawsuit. But we can't hold back on their false contention that Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 outperforms the SHIELD tablet.

Here are some benchmarks that show the extent to which the SHIELD tablet outperforms Samsung's device. We ran both products in a standard "out of box" configuration with publicly available software.

It's unfortunate that Samsung sued Velocity. This isn't Velocity's fight. But Samsung is just trying to keep its lawsuit in Virginia, which has a faster time to trial than most jurisdictions in the United States.

It can be a dangerous strategy for one of the largest companies on the planet to decide to sue one of the smallest companies in all of Virginia.

Samsung?s action does not change our analysis, or our determination. Our patent lawsuit in the ITC is moving forward and remains a far more serious problem for them.

source: NVIDIA

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