ITC Delays Ruling on Potential Samsung Product Ban until August 9
The U.S. international Trade Commission recently filed an extension of its decision on whether Samsung infringed on certain Apple patents, a claim that could see a sales ban of products made by Samsung. Although the ITC didn’t offer an explanation as to why it was extending the decision, which was scheduled to be handed down today, the body noted in the filing that a final ruling will be delivered on August 9.
As noted by CNET
, the rescheduled date falls on the same day that both Apple and Samsung are slated to meet for oral arguments related to the landmark Apple vs. Samsung trial that found Samsung in violation of a number of Apple’s patents. The ITC review stems from a patent countersuit by Apple which was lodged in July 2011, which itself was a response to a Samsung complaint against the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Presiding over the Apple case was Judge Thomas Pender, who issued an initial determination against Samsung in October. The ITC agreed to review all aspects of the case in January upon request of both parties, subsequently remanding two Apple patents back to Judge Pender. After the remand initial determination was issued, the Commission determined to review the ID and RID, asking for briefs from the parties, interested government agencies and the public.
Based on the recent ITC filing, the August 9 completion date will bring an end to the months-long proceedings.