ITC Rules in Favor of Apple, Bans Older Samsung Products
Apple was recently dealt a significant win in its ongoing patent battle with Samsung when the U.S. International Trade Commission handed down a ruling that will likely see the ban of infringing products made by the South Korean electronics company. The ITCís final determination found Samsung to have infringed on two Apple patents, one for a touchscreen control method and another for headphones I/O tech, which means an import ban on offending products have been ordered according to Florian Mueller.
Before the ban can take effect, it must undergo a 60-day Presidential review period that could see a reversal of the ITC order. This ended up being the case with a recent Samsung complaint against Apple, which saw the ITCís ban of older devices like the iPhone 4 reversed by a veto from the U.S. Trade Representative.
It was pointed out by Mueller that the recent import ban depends largely on the workarounds that Samsung applies to infringing products. The product adjustments can at times come in the form of tweaked capabilities or even outright removal of features. It remains to be seen what Samsung will end up doing with its devices but the ITC order will likely have an impact on the companyís product line going forward.
The ruling is the result of an investigation into Administrative Law Judge Thomas Penderís initial determination from October 2012, which ended up finding Samsung infringing on Appleís patents. Both parties ended up unsatisfied with the juristís decision and brought the issue to the Commission hoping for further clarification. The trade body agreed to investigate, remanding two patents in-suit back to Judge Pender. The Commissionís final determination is based on the remand initial determination, as well as a full review of the case and partiesí arguments.
Source: FOSS Patents