With recent licensing negotiations between Samsung and NVIDIA having ended with both companies at loggerheads, it would appear that this new patent war episode has gotten even more heated in the interim.
On Thursday, Samsung filed a complaint against chipmaker NVIDIA, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the latter company’s chips from the American market. While copies of Samsung’s request weren’t readily available, this marks the latest chapter in a saga that started in September, when NVIDIA filed an ITC complaint against Samsung and rival chip manufacturer Qualcomm. The complaint requested that the ITC block the import of Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets. Two months later, Samsung filed a patent infringement suit against NVIDIA, alleging early this month that NVIDIA and one client infringed on up to eight separate patents on its Shield gaming tablet.
With Samsung’s new request in place, it looks like a classic “he said/she said” situation for the two companies, though in a recent statement, NVIDIA said that it cannot provide any reaction to the new Samsung complaint. In that statement, company spokesman Hector Martinez told Bloomberg that NVIDIA “look(s) forward to pursuing our earlier filed ITC action against Samsung products.”
If Samsung’s request to block NVIDIA chips is approved by the ITC, this could mean we won’t be seeing the aforementioned NVIDIA Shield tablet, as well as Tegra-powered gaming devices such as the Wikipad and the OUYA. And it might not be long before that happens, considering how quickly the ITC acts on complaints as opposed to courts deciding on lawsuits.