Nvidia absorbed Samsung patents

nvidiaNvidia has been found guilty of infringing on some of Samsung’s patent related to graphics technology.

The GPU maker is having a bit of trouble in the courts lately as the ITC also ruled that neither Samsung nor Qualcomm infringed on Nvidia’s own patents.

The ITC could impose an import ban against Nvidia’s products, although it is more likely that all sides will settle before a full review of the case by the commission.

The patent case brought by Samsung against Nvidia was a retaliation against Nvidia’s own lawsuit against Samsung when it filed a lawsuit against it and Qualcomm for infringing on its graphics technology patents.

The PR portrayed Nvidia as an underdog who has never before sued anyone on this topic. More cynical observers suggested it was an attempt to squeeze out what it can from its dwindling profits on mobile.

Samsung countersued claiming that Nvidia was the one actually infringing on the Korean manufacturer’s patents. It demanded an injunction to have Nvidia ‘s mobile products, and any related accessories in the lawsuit, banned from sales in the US.

Nvidia claims that the patents used by Samsung in its lawsuit against Nvidia were almost ancient and no longer used by modern mobile chips. The chip maker said it will appeal the ruling, but this could backfire as the ITC might just opt for a ban.