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9/4/2014 07:01 PM EDT
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krisi
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surprise
krisi   9/5/2014 11:19:33 AM
I am surpised...Samsung and Qualcomm have way many more patents so they hit Nvidia back...at the end they will settle as always...so why start?

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goafrit   9/6/2014 4:41:12 PM
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>> Samsung and Qualcomm have way many more patents so they hit Nvidia back...at the end they will settle as always...so why start?

You start because you have products in production that will violate the competitor's patents. If you go ahead and sue first, you can sleep in the night knowing you do not have to hide the infringement as settlements will make everyone forget the problems.

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goafrit   9/6/2014 4:46:10 PM
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>> Patent infringement trials are uncertain affairs as mobile leaders Samsung and Apple have already learned.

Practically, when a company has decent patent porfolios, it never works. The only time patents work is when there are startups in the mix. When you sue them, they may not have anything to fight back. They either allow you to acquire them or they go under. When the firms are big, it is nothing but a way to make the attorneys earn their pays.

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FireBadTreePretty   9/6/2014 11:51:24 PM
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Your assumption is that Nvidia would be in violation of those patents and that those violations would exceed the value of Nvidia's claims on their patents.

Those are wrong assumptions.

Nvidia has both internal and external lawyers who are versed in patent and IP so they would have taken a good look at what if any counter suits could be brought and what the potential cost of those would be and determined that defending Nvidia's patents and IP would be to their best advantage.

Most companies license patents or do so when offered data showing that they need to.

Nvidia for one pays Qualcomm royalties on their Icera modems.

Samsung and Qualcomm don't seem to think they should pay at all and plan to continuing to use Nvidia's IP for free.

 After two years of "kicking the can" and "pointing fingers" Nvidia decided enough is enough.

 And rightly so that they did.

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tangey   9/8/2014 7:25:08 AM
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"why start"

If they set another precident of samsung and Qualcomm settling and cross licenseing, then that opens the doors for Nvidia to go after ARM & IMG's other GPU licensees. This would include Sony for PSP2, Mediatek for the 100Ms of chips they are shipping a year with Mali/PowerVr and the countless other licensees that the two companies have. Most of whom have little or no IP portfolio with which to fight back.

Interesting move for Nvidia to indirectly attack ARM, a company they are totally reliant on for their entire Tegra line of Socs.

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rick merritt   9/8/2014 11:17:34 AM
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Apparently Nvidia has been trying to get patent and core licensees for a couple years with no success that I have heard of. Anyone know of any Nvidia patent or core licenees?

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krisi   9/8/2014 1:43:46 PM
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Interesting comments guys, thank you...sounds like Nvidia is turning into another Rambus

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NVIDIA's rage against Samsung
Anand.Yaligar   9/15/2014 10:52:33 AM
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Although NVIDIA's Tegra line is not being used by samsung but by Microsoft, they have had given plenty of warnings to Samsung about misusing their products, reverse engineering them to have free usage. NVIDIA's case holds water, but they may not have the full advantage of winning the case completely if it goes into a court of justice.

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Anand.Yaligar   9/15/2014 10:58:09 AM
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Probably, but audit checks in a technical company may or may be done by the government or a third party that reports directly to the government (which sets rules and laws and standards for a company to be working on their soil) and if the word comes around that similar patents are being held by the company that is suing, then it would be in grave trouble as the case would bounce back against them.

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