Sometimes, it’s better to drop your hand than keep a finger pointed, especially when there are bigger fights to struggle through. Just recently, Microsoft has buried the hatchet with Google when it came to poor practices tattling. Microsoft and Samsung also had a patent spat settled. Now, NVIDIA and Samsung are coming to terms over licensing for a few patents related to each company’s graphics technologies.
This came right in front of the US International Trade Commission’s final ruling on claims that NVIDIA had infringed upon three of Samsung’s patents. A ruling against NVIDIA could’ve resulted in an import ban of the company’s products. While the company is based in Santa Clara, California, it manufactures its graphics silicon in foreign factories.
In addition to the limited licensing deal, the ITC case will be dismissed as well as other active cases in federal court and the US Patent and Trademark Office. NVIDIA won a prior federal court case against Samsung while another case was supposed to begin this month.
NVIDIA and Samsung do not have a broad-based patent licensing agreement. Samsung has stated that it is “happy to resolve this dispute through a fair settlement” while NVIDIA, through a spokesperson, declined to comment.