USITC starts patent probe on graphics processors

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said it began a patent infringement investigation after ZiiLabs Inc alleged that a number of companies were importing products into the United States that infringe its patents on graphics processors and DDR memory controllers.

The USITC said the products at issue included processors, smartphones, laptops, televisions, Bluray players and gaming systems, all of which provide graphics processing functionality.

The USITC identified 17 companies as respondents in the investigation including Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Lenovo Group Ltd, LG Electronics Inc, MediaTek Inc, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm Inc and Sony Corp.