Samsung asks ITC to block Nvidia GPU shipments

— 6:00 AM on November 24, 2014

That patent spat between Nvidia and Samsung just keeps heating up. Bloomberg reports that Samsung is now "seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia . . . from the U.S. market." The Korean company has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to that end.

The complaint doesn't seem to be publicly available, and Bloomberg couldn't get a copy. However, the ITC's website has a brief description of it. The description reads in part:

Letter to Lisa R. Barton, Secretary, USITC; requesting that the Commission conduct an investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, regarding Certain Graphics Processing Chips, Systems on a Chip. and Products Containing the Same.

In addition to Nvidia, the complaint names a number of graphics card vendors that use Nvidia's GPUs. Among them: Biostar, ECS, EVGA, and Zotac.

Nvidia fired the first shot in this feud. In September, it filed a patent suit against Samsung and Qualcomm and asked the ITC to block shipments of Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets. Samsung countersued earlier this month, alleging patent infringement and false advertising on Nvidia's part.

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