ITC Judge Says Samsung Violated Four Apple Patents
October 25, 2012 8:39 PM
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The decision will be reviewed by the full commission, and if the commission agrees, imports of Samsung's products could be halted at the border
Samsung hasn't had a whole lot of luck in the U.S. when it comes to its
with Apple, and a recent ITC case proves that it's luck isn't getting any better.
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Judge Thomas Pender found that Samsung has violated four Apple patents, including the flat front face with wider borders at the top and bottom, the lozenge-shaped speaker about the display screen; the translucent images for applications displayed on the screen, and the device's ability to detect when a headset is plugged in.
Apple also tried to say that Samsung infringed on other patents, such as the shape of the phone, but the ITC judge found that those were not violations.
The decision will be reviewed by the full commission. If the commission agrees with Pender, imports of Samsung's products could be halted at the border, and this would then be reviewed by the U.S. president. An appeals court would review the entire case.
"If left to stand, this initial determination could lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices for the American consumer," said Adam Yates, Samsung spokesman. "We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that patent law must not be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies."
Samsung is currently working on new designs of its devices and sending them to Pender in order to address the patent infringement claims.
The Apple-Samsung patent war began in April 2011 when Apple claimed Samsung was an
"iPhone, iPad copycat."
More specifically, Apple said Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G and Nexus smartphones infringed on Apple's patents.
Apple worked pretty hard to ban Samsung's smartphones and tablets around the world, and successfully accomplished this in countries like Germany and Australia. Samsung launched a few lawsuits of its own regarding
, and was also able to lift the ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia in December 2011. However, Samsung
wasn't so lucky in Germany
, where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still banned.
Back in August, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California reached an unfavorable verdict for Samsung, saying that the South Korean electronics maker was
guilty of violating technology patents
. In other words, most of Samsung's smartphones and tablets in question were found guilt of copying Apple's iPhone and iPad designs.
It was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple.
Earlier this week,
Samsung Display decided to cut ties with Apple
, saying it will no longer ship LCDs to Apple next year. Its LCD shipments to Apple have been cut more and more over time due to Apple wanting huge discounts, but the recent patent infringement drama couldn't have helped either.
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Just more disappoint ment from "US Legal system"...
10/26/2012 10:28:31 AM
This just saddens/disgusts me more and more each day how pathetic the US has become.
With Apple's recent announcement of 8.2 Billion NET PROFIT....it's obvious these "features" being available on Samsung's devices is NOT HURTING APPLE ONE BIT.
I can see this country is heading towards a major crisis in the coming years. Apple's hold on government, education and public opinion are strong. Apple is not the underdog it once was compared to Microsoft. Microsoft NEVER prevented its users from loading other browsers...and yet they get fined fro million and millions. Apple has THE most controlled ecosystem that is all encompassing. Apple controls all hardware, software and content areas. You can't do anything with an IProduct without going through Apples controls. Yet the millions of cult like followers willingly continue to give up any and all freedoms blindly. I'm certain 99% of Apple's followers are clueless to the reality of what is truly occurring. Fools....and these Judges are part of the problem. Common sense is not longer considered in todays society. Just blind fools and it's only a matter of time before the s_it hits the fan and most of the 99% are s_it out of luck.
Amazon and Microsoft have seen Apple success in using such controls and figure if you can't beat them....join them. The public is losing/giving up freedom of choice once it purchases (joins) one of the new tech/hardware cults.
I feel I'm watching an oncoming crash from the sidelines. The way the US is going....anyone with the money will be looking to exit this country which is heading for a downward spiral. Another revolution is in the making.
It sounds like crazy talk, but I guess we'll see how crazy it is in the next 5 or 10 years.
RE: Just more disappoint ment from "US Legal system"...
10/26/2012 10:41:37 AM
I think that's a bit extreme. Just cuts choices of a great product for consumers. It really is telling of how scared Apple is of Samsung. Just glad I picked up one of their newer phones recently before the coming ban. The phone is great btw, the os has come a long way since the early days of android.
RE: Just more disappoint ment from "US Legal system"...
10/28/2012 6:38:01 AM
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."
That's not extreme, that's a step in the wrong direction. And there are too many such steps lately. Imagine a world where if you buy a competitor's product, Apple sends the local police to arrest you - and possibly sentence you to capital punishment - for not buying an iCrap.
That day is getting closer.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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