The legal battle between Samsung and NVIDIA over GPU licensing has turned another page this week, with the announcement from the United States International Trade Commission that it is opening an investigation into NVIDIA and their partners based on complaints filed by Samsung. As outlined in Samsung’s original counter suit, Samsung accuses NVIDIA of violating several of their patents, and having taken these complaints to the ITC, the ITC is now investigating these patent infringement claims.

This is the latest in a series of legal actions by the two companies, and one of many to come in a process that will likely take years to resolve. At the time of their initial counter-suit against NVIDIA and partner Velocity Micro, Samsung indicated that they would be going to the ITC, so this week’s action in turn by the ITC has been expected. Broadly speaking ITC investigations are regular occurrences that do not require a high burden of proof, and in the meantime the ITC already has a similar investigation open against Samsung as per NVIDIA’s original complaint.

Meanwhile of particular note, the ITC’s investigation of NVIDIA will be casting a fairly wide net. Along with NVIDIA, the ITC investigation will also include NVIDIA partners such as EVGA, OUYA, Zotac, Biostar, and Sparkle. As one of the purposes of Samsung’s complaint is to get a ban on the importation of certain NVIDIA SoCs and GPUs, NVIDIA’s use of partners in product assembly and distribution means that those partners are similarly exposed and affected in legal battles such as these.

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  • FunBunny2 - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - link

    Wait!!??!!! This sounds like a DailyTech piece! I thought they were banned?
  • Flunk - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - link

    Really? I didn't notice any obvious grammar errors, unfounded speculation or opinion presented as fact.
  • Lerianis - Thursday, December 25, 2014 - link

    Eh? More information on this supposed DailyTech ban from Anandtech. I thought that Anandtech and Dailytech were owned by the same company.
  • JlHADJOE - Friday, December 26, 2014 - link

    DailyTech was founded by an Anandtech ex-editor, but they were never the same company.
    Ironically, DT is now 100% more independent than Anandtech after the Purch acquisition.
  • just4U - Sunday, December 28, 2014 - link

    I just noticed that DailyTech articles are no longer linked on the side. This makes me a little sad. I guess we shall see a little more of what they do over here. I don't use facebook or twitter although I do read the headliners.. that's something. Ah well back on topic I suppose.
  • domboy - Monday, December 29, 2014 - link

    Yeah, I too notice DailyTech was gone... I wonder why?
  • tim851 - Thursday, January 1, 2015 - link

    > This makes me a little sad.
    It makes me glad. Ever since DailyTech turned into Jason Mick's freak show it was embarrassing that Anand would associate himself and his site with this garbage.
  • testbug00 - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - link

    Can't say I like Samsung much, but, get em for obvious patent trolling.
    Than, after you "win" your case against Nvidia, drop all damages/etc to show how "nice" you are.

    Granted. That is unlikely =[
  • name99 - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - link

    In what way is nVidia's suit "patent trolling"?
    Patent trolling doesn't JUST mean "a company I dislike is suing a company I like over something vaguely related to IP".
  • yannigr2 - Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - link

    How about waiting for years GPUs to spread all over the market and only after that, suing everybody+the dog.

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