Back in February, we first heard that AMD had filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), calling for it to investigate and possibly ban several products sold by the likes of LG, MediaTek, Vizio and Sigma Designs due to patent infringements on graphics technology. Since then the ITC has agreed to open an investigation.
The US ITC said today that it had voted in favour of opening an investigation into certain graphics systems ad components used in several TVs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics. As Reuters reports, the ITC will call on LG, Vizio, MediaTek and Sigma Designs to be respondents in the investigation.
AMD’s case does go as far as to request bans on certain products sold by these companies due to what patent infringements on graphics patents, some of which date back to the ATI days.
As tends to be the case with most legal cases, the companies involved are remaining quiet so we haven’t heard AMD mentioning this suit publicly at all. Either way though, we will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.
KitGuru Says: It seems that the ITC agrees that there could be something to AMD’s claim. It will be interesting to see how things progress going forward as this lawsuit could have quite the impact on the smartphone market and even some budget smart TVs.