SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Sept 4 Nvidia Corp
has sued rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Samsung
Electronics, accusing both companies of infringing
its patents on graphics processing technology.
The U.S. chipmaker vies with Qualcomm in the business of
providing chips for smartphones and tablets. It said on Thursday
Qualcomm and Samsung had used Nvidia's patented technologies
without a license in mobile devices, including Samsung's
just-launched Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
Many of Samsung' mobile devices run on Qualcomm processors.
Nvidia said its lawsuits were filed at the U.S. District
Court for the District of Delaware and at the U.S. International
Trade Commission in Washington.
This is typical of infringement lawsuits since the district
courts can award financial damages and the commission cannot. At
the same time, the commission can more easily ban infringing
products from the U.S. market.
Qualcomm and Samsung were not immediately available for
(Reporting by Edwin Chan and Diane Bartz; Editing by David