ITC to Revisit Decision that Previously Cleared Apple of Infringing Samsung Patents
The U.S. International Trade Commission recently announced that it will be revisiting a September decision, where Apple’s products were found not violating certain Samsung patents. The final judgment might lead to trouble for Apple as it could lead to an injunction against the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. As noted by Reuters
, the ITC is set to review a preliminary decision made by Administrative Law Judge James Gildea that found Apple’s iDevice lineup to not infringe on Samsung’s wireless patents.
The final determination is to be made by the full commission and it may overturn the judge’s findings, possibly leading to a ban of U.S. sales. The case warrants a more detailed investigation as the ITC had the option to uphold Judge Gildea’s preliminary decision.
Samsung originally filed for a ban of Apple’s allegedly infringing products in June 2011, claiming “many” of its innovations were copied by the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The technology under review was regarding patents for certain wireless technologies. Apple recently won a favorable ruling in another ITC case when Judge Thomas Pender found Samsung infringing on three of six asserted utility patents and one design property, including intellectual property for touchscreen heuristics co-invented by Steve jobs. This complaint was first filed in July 2011 is a countersuit to the Samsung’s original ITC complaint.
As of right now, the commission is scheduled to review the Samsung complaint and issue a ruling on whether it will revisit Judge Pender’s decision in January. We’ll have to wait and see what’s to come by being patient.