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Samsung Moves the U.S. Patent and Trading Office on Patent Rights

Samsung Electronics Co. has requested the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to take a second look into two patent rights issues as complained by Nvidia Corp. Earlier, California-based Nvidia made a complaint with the trade authority in September last year, alleging that Samsung’s products are encroaching up on the California Company’s IP rights. In its petition, Nvidia solicited the Agency’s action in freezing imports of Samsung Galaxy tablets and phones. The patents that are at stake are 6,198,488 and 6,992,667.

Countering the arguments of Nvidia, Samsung moved a similar petition with the U.S. ITC, citing violation of South Korean Company’s patents. It seeks a ban on the sale of Nvidia’s shield tablets along with its computer graphics and computer chips from the U.S. tablet market. In the same month, Samsung filed yet another patent case in a Virginia-based Federal Court, censuring it eight of its patents are utterly violated by Nvidia products. Further, Samsung sought damaging charges from Nvidia for its deliberate acts of infringement.

Nvidia was equally vociferous in claiming damages from Samsung for breaching its patents. In a blog post, Nvidia said that it asked the Delaware-based International Trade Commission (ITC) to stall shipments of Samsung Galaxy tablets and mobile phones that contained ARM’s Imagination’s PowerVR graphics architectures, ARM’s Mali and Qualcomm’s Adreno. Simultaneously, it prayed for the Delaware Court to declare penalty on Samsung for the alleged violation of patents issue.

Both the parties took recourse to the Trading Authority after licensing negotiations between the two firms could not find an amicable solution to the lingering patents issue.

The Samsung’s petition says that many parts of Nvidia’s GPUs are used in PCs rather than in tablets or mobile phones. Further, it revealed that Nvidia’s GPUs are extensively used in Shield Portable, PHTC’s Nexus, and Nvidia’s shield tablets.

Should the ITC convinced with Samsung’s argument that Nvidia’s chips are indeed in violation of patents, then the former will take a decision to take out the sales of Nvidia’s products from the U.S.

Published by Nicholas Maithya

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