USITC tells Nvidia to go forth and multiply

nvidiaA US trade body upheld its earlier decision that rejected Nvidia’s patent violation claims against  Samsung and Qualcomm over their use of “Nvidia’s” graphics chip technology.

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) decided not to review an initial order by an administrative law judge who found no violation of Nvidia’s patents related to graphics-processing chips.

Judge Thomas Pender had said Samsung did not infringe two Nvidia patents, and while it did infringe a third, he ruled that the patent was invalid because it was not a new invention.

Nvidia claimed to have invented the first graphics processing chip and released it in 1999, had accused Korea’s Samsung and San Diego-based Qualcomm of using its patents on graphics chip technology without permission or compensation.

Nvidia alleged the companies infringed its patents with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors and Samsung’s Exynos processors, and was seeking to prevent the import of several Samsung products, including its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

The USITC can stop the import of products that it determines infringe a US patent and companies frequently sue at the USITC to win an import ban.

Nvidia said it will appeal the USITC’s decision.

“We remain firm in our belief that our patents are valid and have been infringed,” Nvidia wrote in its bog.