NVIDIA has shocked everyone by filing a patent infringement suit against Samsung and Qualcomm. The US International Trade Commission and the US District Court in Delaware both received the lawsuit. This is the first time NVIDIA has initiated a patent lawsuit.
The company is seeking to stop the shipments of the alleged infringing devices in America. The list of gadgets include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. According to the the company, both Samsung and Qualcomm infringed seven GPU patents that relate to certain processes including programmable shading, unified shaders which allow processing units in a GPU to be used for different purposes and multithreaded parallel processing in GPUs.
The interesting thing about is that most of the GPU and processes can be found on most computing systems today. It is through licensing agreements that NVIDIA makes profits to pump into R&D into GPU technology. Samsung and NVIDIA have both been trying to come to an agreement regarding the patent use of this technology.
Samsung claims that Qualcomm is the man to be in charge of licensing the technology from NVIDIA due to the fact Qualcomm is the manufacturer and supplier of some of Samsung’s system of chip components. NVIDIA claims that the South Korean tech tycoon should be the main person to license patents as it is the final producer of completed devices and system of chips.
Not to worry for those looking to buy the Galaxy Note 4 soon. It will take awhile before any decisions to block the device is made. As long as you get your hands on one soon, you’ll be fine. We don’t see this legal matter going away anytime soon though so stay tuned for more developments as the story progresses.
Source: Android Authority