NVIDIA Receives Favorable Ruling from ITC in Patent Dispute with Samsung, Qualcomm

by David Shannon

The judge presiding over our patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm in the U.S. International Trade Commission has returned a pretrial claim construction ruling that favors NVIDIA’s preferred construction on nearly all of the claims that were disputed.

This pretrial decision, known as a Markman ruling, is the judge’s determination of the meaning and scope of the patent claims. Markman hearings are used in patent cases to define disputed terms of patents before a case goes to trial. This is an important step in determining whether Samsung and Qualcomm infringe NVIDIA’s asserted patents.

Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender has now determined what the claim language will mean for the hearing and his ultimate decision on the merits of the case.

We’re very pleased with the outcome of the ruling, in which claim constructions favorable to NVIDIA will be applied to six out of seven disputed claims when the judge considers the question of Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s infringement. This further strengthens the patents we have asserted, and we look forward to a full hearing in late June.

As I explained in September when we announced this action, this is the first time in NVIDIA’s 22-year history that we have initiated a patent suit. Our 7,000 issued and pending patents include inventions vital to modern computing. We have chosen seven of those patents to assert in the ITC case.

Meanwhile, there has been a small development in a related case, in which Samsung sued us and one of our customers in Virginia. The judge there has denied our request to move the case to California. This has no bearing on the substance of Samsung’s case or Samsung’s asserted patents. We continue to believe Samsung’s claims have no merit, and that Samsung’s effort to sue a small company selling NVIDIA-based products in Virginia is entirely unwarranted.

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  • Galaxy366

    As a consumer, what does this ruling mean for me =)?

  • Exophase

    So did this file against 3dfx in 2000 never actually happen or what? http://www.geek.com/games/nvidia-sues-3dfx-564829/

  • Uhyve

    NVidia hasn’t been so great at counting recently…

  • Val Paladin

    I believe the pertinent phrasing is “initiated”. Nvidia’s suit against 3Dfx was a basically a countersuit stemming from 3Dfx’s initial suit launched in 1998.

    “Nvidia’s filing of a suit is clearly an attempt to force a settlement of our existing patent infringement lawsuit against Nvidia, and we believe demonstrates a lack of confidence in their current defence,” 3dfx president and CEO Alex Leupp said in a statement.

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    Higher smartphone prices.

  • vladx

    Good luck Nvidia, hope you’ll win!

  • Tablets

    This is not the first time Nvidia sues…..What about the suit against Intel that resulted in the $66 million paid by Intel every quarter?

  • vidvox

    If you had spent five minutes on Google you would know that Nvidia did not initiate that patent dispute.

    “The end result is that in early 2009 the two parties filed suit against each other. Intel’s suit asked for the courts to affirm that NVIDIA did not have rights to DMI/QPI and that NVIDIA had breached the agreement by claiming they did have rights. NVIDIA’s suit in return was filed as a response to Intel’s suit, with NVIDIA claiming that Intel’s claim had no merit and that by doing so Intel was in violation.”

  • Nicholas Perry

    As if they aren’t already high. But I highly doubt they cost more than a fraction of what they set the MSRP at to make.

    Most people get phones free with contracts anyway.

  • http://www.filmrally.com/ sally

    wow interesting I not know that good luck nvidia