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Nvidia Loses Patent Case Against Samsung at Trade Agency

Nvidia Corp. lost its claims against Samsung Electronics Co. and Qualcomm Inc. after a U.S. trade agency said there was no violation of Nvidia’s patent rights related to graphics-processing chips.

The U.S. International Trade Commission upheld on Monday a judge’s October findings that cleared Samsung of claims it was using Nvidia inventions without permission.

Nvidia, based in Santa Clara, California, said it filed the patent-infringement complaint after two years of licensing talks failed. Samsung retaliated with its own patent claims, and a judge in that case is scheduled to release his findings on Dec.


The Nvidia case sought to force Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung to stop selling and shipping into the U.S. some of its smartphones and tablet computers, including some that had Qualcomm Inc. chips.

Samsung said the products targeted in the case account for more than a quarter of the smartphones sold in the U.S. and almost 40 percent of the devices that run on Google Inc.’s Android operating system.

“We are very pleased that the ITC came to the right and just conclusion that we did nothing wrong,” Samsung said in a statement.

Nvidia said it will consider an appeal of the...