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- Dec 30, 2010
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Even though the patent wars have mostly died down over the past couple of years, that doesn't mean they will ever abate completely. The most recent high profile case kicked off in October and sees NVIDIA pitting itself against Samsung. As we reported previously, NVIDIA filed suit against Samsung and Qualcomm for patent infringement against several of NVIDIA's GPU patents.
The next move in that particular siege has just been made by Samsung. As is frequently the case in these matters, Samsung has filed a countersuit against NVIDIA, claiming "false advertising", and that they violated six of Samsung patents. Here's a quote describing the false advertising part of the suit,
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.
Interestingly, Samsung threw Velocity Micro "under the bus" of this lawsuit as well, and is claiming they violated 8 of Samsung's patents, including the same 6 that they claim NVIDIA violated. NVIDIA has not responded publicly to Samsung's return fire, but they have shared their perspective. In the thread below we have included the full press email response from NVIDIA for your edification.
It seems that Samsung is the biggest target for lawsuits of any tech company in the world. Perhaps that says something about them... what do you think?