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Nvidia Responds to Samsung's Lawsuit

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 Nvidia has publicly responded to Samsung’s (KRX: 005935) lawsuit against Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) which BSN* recently reported on.
In Nvidia’s response, the company talks about its original lawsuit alleging that Qualcomm and Samsung were infringing upon its patents without making proper licensing payments. The problem with that lawsuit was that it was very selective in which companies it filed claims against because when you look at the lawsuit, Nvidia could theoretically sue almost any SoC vendor and any smartphone manufacturer based upon their patent claims. However it specifically chose Qualcomm and Samsung, the two biggest shippers of SoCs and smartphones for Android.

Now, Nvidia says that when it filed its suits against Qualcomm and Samsung in Delaware District Court and with the ITC that it fully expected it would be sued in response. The company said in filings: “It’s a predictable tactic.” Nvidia continues saying that it was not surprised to see that Samsung had filed a lawsuit against them earlier this week and had included Velocity Micro, a ‘small’ customer of Nvidia’s based in Virginia (where the Samsung suit was filed).

Nvidia then goes on to talk about the claims that Samsung has made about infringed upon patents and performance claims, but says it is not ready yet to formally respond to Samsung’s lawsuit. However, it appears ready to respond to Samsung’s claims about false marketing claims regarding the Shield tablet and the Tegra K1 SoC. We already addressed these performance claims by Samsung, stating that the Exynos SoC in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was actually faster than Nvidia’s SHIELD tablet with the Tegra K1 SoC, and we really couldn’t find any industry standard benchmarks that corroborated Samsung’s story. But Nvidia went much further and decided to run a dozen or two benchmarks side by side and out of the box against the Galaxy Note 4 with the SHIELD tablet and posted their results in a graph.

Nvidia SHIELD vs Galaxy Note 4

Nvidia SHIELD vs Galaxy Note 4

As you can see, Nvidia’s SoC and tablet handily beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 handily in most tests, so there’s really no question that Samsung’s claims of Nvidia’s false marketing claims are fairly baseless as we had stated earlier.

Nvidia continues, stating that Samsung’s suing of Velocity Micro is unfortunate, especially considering how small Velocity Micro is. Nvidia states that Samsung is trying to keep their lawsuit in Virginia because they have a faster time to trial than most other jurisdictions in the US. Nvidia ends the posting with a caution, “It can be a dangerous strategy for one of the largest companies on the planet to decide to sue one of the smallest companies in all of Virginia. Samsung’s action does not change our analysis, or our determination. Our patent lawsuit in the ITC is moving forward and remains a far more serious problem for them.”

We have the full documentation, including the Samsung filing posted below if you’d like to read it.


Samsung v Nvidia in Virginia