Samsung Electronics is looking to block graphics chips made by NVIDIA in the US market. This is escalating a battle that began after licensing talks failed. Samsung has filed a complaint yesterday against NVIDIA with the U.S. International Trade Commission according to a notice on the agency’s website.
This legal battle began back in September when NVIDIA filed its own ITC complaint against Qualcomm Inc. and Samsung over patented ways to improve graphics. NVIDIA was asking the agency to block imports of the latest Galaxy phones and tablets that use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon graphics or Samsung’s Exynos processors.
Samsung fired back on November 4th with a patent-infringement suit in federal court. In that case Samsung claims that NVIDIA and one of its customers infringe on as many as eight patents. The lawsuit specifically targets NVIDIA’s Shield tablet computers.
Both companies have denied using each other’s technology. In a November 11th statement NVIDIA called Samsung’s lawsuit “a predictable tactic.”
“We have not seen the complaint so can’t comment, but we look forward to pursuing our earlier filed ITC action against Samsung products,” Hector Marinez, a spokesman for NVIDIA, said in an e-mailed statement. Also named in the ITC complaint yesterday were Biostar Microtech International Corp. and Elitegroup Computer Systems Co.