Legal

AMD has won a round in its legal battle against makers of TVs at the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC). The Commission found that Vizio and Sigma Designs have infringed one of AMD’s patents covering fundamental aspects of modern GPUs. The ITC ordered to cease imports of some of Vizio TVs to the U.S. Back in early 2017, AMD filed a lawsuit with the US ITC against LG, MediaTek, Sigma Designs, and Vizio. The plaintiff accused the defendants of infringing three patents covering fundamental aspects of contemporary graphics processing, such unified shaders (‘133), parallel pipeline graphics system (‘506), as well as a graphics processing architecture employing unified shaders (‘454). Furthermore, the complaint referenced an in-progress patent application covering GPU architectures with unified shaders...

ZTE Gets a Reprieve: US Suspends Tech Ban In Exchange For Record Fines & US Oversight

Back in April, as punishment for continued violations of a previous export ban settlement with the US, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security enacted a...

28 by Ryan Smith on 6/7/2018

Broadcom-Qualcomm Takeover Blocked By White House on National Security Grounds

Stepping into the increasingly wild saga that has been Broadcom’s efforts to purchase Qualcomm, the US government is now weighing in by issuing a new order to block the...

52 by Ryan Smith on 3/12/2018

European Union Fines Qualcomm $1.23 Billion for Anti-Competitive Apple Deal

This morning the European Union’s European Commission became the latest regulatory body to fine Qualcomm over anti-competitive actions undertaken by the company. The investigation, which we’ve been expecting the...

36 by Ryan Smith on 1/24/2018

Taiwan Fines Qualcomm $773 Million for Antitrust Violations

Qualcomm’s global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly $773 million (NT$23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development...

10 by Nate Oh on 10/12/2017

Toshiba Signs Deal To Sell Memory Business

After being approved by the board of directors last week, Toshiba's deal to sell their memory business to a consortium led by Bain Capital has been signed and will...

9 by Billy Tallis on 9/28/2017

Toshiba To Proceed With Sale Of Memory Business To Consortium

The latest and possibly final round of bidding for Toshiba's memory business concluded today with Toshiba's board selecting a consortium led by private equity firm Bain Capital as the...

12 by Billy Tallis on 9/20/2017

Joint Venture Dispute Between Toshiba and Western Digital Escalates, Toshiba Still Unable to Sell NAND Business

Due to serious financial difficulties, Toshiba is trying to sell off their stake of their very successful flash memory business to keep the rest of the company afloat. Western...

11 by Billy Tallis on 6/29/2017

Google Fined €2.42B by European Commission for Antitrust Violations

This morning Google has become a new record holder in the European Union; unfortunately however it’s not a good record to hold. Capping off a multi-year investigation, the European Commission...

29 by Ryan Smith on 6/27/2017

Imagination Technologies Formally Puts Itself Up For Sale

The fate of Imagination Technologies has become something of a saga in recent months. The prolific IP vendor, Apple’s right-hand supplier for GPU designs and IP over the last...

36 by Ryan Smith on 6/22/2017

Western Digital Seeks To Intervene In Toshiba's Sale Of Memory Business

Western Digital, through its SanDisk subsidiary, is seeking arbitration to prevent Toshiba from selling off its stake in their flash memory joint venture without the consent of Western Digital...

12 by Billy Tallis on 5/23/2017

Imagination to Double-Down on GPU Business, MIPS and Ensigma to Be Sold

Just over a month ago, Imagination Technologies dropped the bombshell announcement that their largest customer, Apple, would be phasing out their use of Imagination’s GPU IP in their SoC...

106 by Ryan Smith on 5/4/2017

Qualcomm Countersues Apple, Accuses Company of Launching Global Attack Against Qualcomm

For better or worse, this decade has marked an explosion of mobile-related lawsuits and anti-trust actions across the globe. Now, that trend is reaching what may be its apex...

25 by Ryan Smith on 4/11/2017

Apple To Develop Own GPU, Drop Imagination's GPUs From SoCs

In a bombshell of a press release issued this morning, Imagination has announced that Apple has informed their long-time GPU partner that they will be winding down their use...

144 by Ryan Smith on 4/3/2017

AMD Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against LG, MediaTek, Sigma Designs, and Vizio

Late last month, AMD filed a legal complaint against a number of companies accusing them of infringing its patents covering graphics processing technologies. The company requested the United States...

63 by Anton Shilov & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2017

United States FTC Charges Qualcomm with Antitrust Violations over Cellular Modem Patents & Technology

Qualcomm’s legal problems are growing. This afternoon the United States Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Qualcomm for possible anti-trust issues since 2014, has moved on to the...

39 by Ryan Smith on 1/17/2017

South Korea Fines Qualcomm $865 Million for Anti-Trust Violations

Word comes out of South Korea today that the country’s antitrust regulatory authority, the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), has ruled against Qualcomm in an ongoing antitrust investigation and...

18 by Ryan Smith on 12/28/2016

Update: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Settlement Claims Website Now Open

Update 09/12: Bringing this back up, over the weekend the website to submit settlement claims went up. Owners of GTX 970s who purchased the card between its launch and...

105 by Ryan Smith on 9/12/2016

NVIDIA & Samsung Settle All Patent Infringement Disputes

Roughly a year and a half ago, NVIDIA opened up a patent infringement case against Samsung and Qualcomm, claiming that the various GPUs used by the two firms violated...

37 by Ryan Smith on 5/2/2016

US ITC Finds NVIDIA Guilty of Infringing Three Samsung Patents

An administrative law judge from the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday found that NVIDIA Corp. infringed several patents of Samsung Electronics. The judge ruled that NVIDIA’s graphics processing...

35 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2015

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