By Cody Lee on Apr 7, 2013
In a decision issued on March 26, but kept classified until earlier this week, an International Trade Commission judge found Samsung to be infringing on Apple’s US RE41,922 patent that covers things like text selection and translucent buttons.
It’s only a preliminary decision, and the judge only found Samsung guilty of infringement on one of two patents listed in the complaint. But if the decision gets upheld, Samsung could once again be looking at a major product ban in the US… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 24, 2013
The Galaxy maker, Samsung of South Korea, has cunningly persuaded judges to review their preliminary ruling that more than a dozen Samsung devices copied Apple’s patented iPhone features, Bloomberg reports this morning.
Last October, a judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recommended that trade agency impose an import ban on the infringing Samsung device. ITC confirmed Thursday it will review the preliminary ruling.
As a result, Samsung has managed to push back a final decision, which was originally scheduled for March 27… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2013
Back in December, Samsung withdrew all of its SEP (or Standard-Essential Patent) —related injunction requests in Europe “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” Well if that was truly the case, then why is it still pursuing identical claims here in the US?
In a response filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission yesterday, Apple accused Samsung of filing a motion to strike to avoid “inconvenient facts” regarding its reasons for withdrawing claims in Europe. In short, Apple just called Samsung out… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2012
A United States International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled Tuesday that Apple’s iconic iPhone did not infringe upon any of the patents owned by Google’s subsidiary Motorola Mobility.
A spokesperson for Motorola said to the press that “we’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options”.
Apple wouldn’t comment but club Cupertino must be joyful with the outcome, especially knowing Google spent $12.5 billion just to get hold of Motorola’s patent trove… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2012
Earlier this week, the ITC announced that it would be reviewing its September-decision that Apple’s products don’t violate some of Samsung’s patents. It’s a pretty big deal, as an overturn could result in a sales ban.
As you can imagine, Samsung is thrilled with the ITC’s choice to revisit its previous ruling. And this morning, the company’s head of mobile and IT division Shin Jong-kyun had a few things to say about the case… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2012
The US International Trade Commission announced today that it will review a recent ruling made by ITC Judge James Gildea, who found that Apple’s devices don’t infringe on certain Samsung patents. The stakes, as with most ITC-level cases, are pretty high here, as an overturn by the Commission could result in banned iOS devices… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2012
Apple’s legal team has suffered some major blows over the past few weeks, in their ongoing battle with Samsung. First, they lost an appeal on a UK ruling that will force the company to publicly state that Samsung did not copy the iPad. And just a few days ago, the USPTO invalidated one of Apple’s more significant patents.
But things may be looking up for the Cupertino litigators. According to a new report, an ITC (International Trade Commission) judge has just ruled in Apple’s favor in a complaint case against Samsung, a ruling that could see some of its devices blocked from entering US… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2012
Even though Motorola Mobility filed a complaint against Apple on August 17, the handset maker is now a Google-owned entity so this really reads as the Google v. Apple complaint. Unsurprisingly, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced that it will be instituting a formal investigation of this complaint.
Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation and a panel of six administrative law judges will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing pertaining to Motorola’s (excuse me, Google’s) complaint… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 14, 2012
US ITC Judge James Gildea has ruled today that Apple’s products did not violate Samsung’s patents. This is the second US victory for Apple over Samsung in the last month.
Samsung originally filed the complaint with the International Trade Commission back in June of last year, complaining that Apple mobile devices violated four of its patents… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2012
In December of last year, Apple won an ITC case against HTC. The International Trade Commission ruled that HTC’s Android products infringed on Apple’s ’647 patent on “analyzing and linking data structures,” and banned many of them from the US.
Though HTC has since developed a workaround, Apple brought its complaint back to the ITC this summer. But at least this time they’re willing to talk about it. A new report says the two sides are in ongoing settlement talks regarding the dispute… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2012
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) denied Apple’s emergency request to temporary detain all shipments of 29 different HTC devices at the U.S. border, including the EVO 4G LTE and the flagship One X smartphone, Bloomberg reports. Apple last week demanded an emergency import ban of HTC phones, arguing the Taiwanese vendor lied to Customs in order to free up shipments… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2012
Perhaps not unsurprisingly, Apple has asked the court for permission to add Samsung’s latest smartphone to its list of devices eligible for a preliminary injunction.
The company is leveraging its two patents to enforce the ban, one already successfully used to stop imports of HTC devices and the other covering unified search and Siri capabilities that Samsung’s device replicates with its S-Voice feature that Cupertino feels shamelessly rips off Siri’s user interface.
Looks like Samsung may want to re-think its stance that the S III wasn’t designed by lawyers… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2012
If you ever wondered whether Apple’s patent infringement claims against HTC were worth the pain, here’s your answer.
Responding to a recent exclusion order by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE shipments, the Taiwanese handset maker, once the dominant force in the Android camp, is now pre-loading its U.S. phones with an altered build of Android software.
Designed to bypass Apple patents, it changes the expected behavior of these devices. As a result, flagship HTC phones waiting to be imported into the United States now feature notably different functionality compared to HTC devices shipping elsewhere in the world.
The change is also impacting the uniformity of the Android experience, suggesting Apple was right to sue in the first place… Read More