Graphics Processor Patent Asserted for the First Time in Litigation, Against Qualcomm

  • August 16, 2019
  • Category: New NPE Litigation
    Market Sector: Semiconductors

GPU++, LLC, an entity formed in California in March 2018, has filed suit against Qualcomm (6:19-cv-00474) over a graphics processor patent that it acquired that same month. The NPE targets Qualcomm over the provision of systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) with Adreno 3x, 4x, and 5x GPUs or “having any GPU with FlexRender technology or similar functionality”. GPU++ pleads that Qualcomm’s knowledge of the asserted patent dates back to at least January 2011, around which time the named inventor, Edward A. Hutchins, purportedly attended a meeting with Qualcomm to present “his inventive concept of a new reconfigurable 3D GPU capable of operating in either or both of a direct rasterizing mode (i.e., direct-rendering mode) or a tiling mode (i.e., binning mode)”.

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