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ITC: Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's text-selection patent

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ITC: Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's text-selection patent
The Samsung Transform is one of the devices involved in this case

The Samsung Transform is one of the devices involved in this case

In a decision originally made on March 26th, Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple's patent on text selection. The ITC held off on announcing the decision until Thursday to give both companies time to redact any sensitive content. The patent specifically deals with a "method and apparatus for providing translucent images on a computer display," and covers the text selection on the Android browser as well as translucent buttons on the Android photo gallery.

In case fans of the Korean based manufacturer are now worried about an import ban on certain Samsung models, keep in mind that this is a preliminary ruling. All six commission members will hear the case in August and then make a final decision. If the commission members agree, Samsung could receive sales bans in the U.S. on a number of Samsung Galaxy, Nexus and Transform devices.

The news from the courtroom wasn't all bad for Samsung. The judge did rule that the company did not infringe on an Apple patent for determining if a microphone is plugged into a microphone jack. Originally, ITC staff felt that the Samsung Transform did infringe on the patent while the judge did not. When the case was remanded back to Judge Pender, he once again ruled for Samsung in this matter.

source: FOSSPatents via electronista

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posted on 05 Apr 2013, 15:34 5

1. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


Yawn... boring....

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 06:53 3

42. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


No, is terrifying, what's next? Stolen "icon" patent and later invalidated?
Rotten Apple

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 15:50 9

2. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Justice is served.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:39 18

15. tedkord (Posts: 13235; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So you read the part about the microphone jack.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:53 20

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


He doesn't read, just troll.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 17:20 1

19. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


its a frand patent

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 17:21 3

20. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Yes it was. I'm sure you also will feel that way, seeing apple paying $368.2 million to a patent troll VirnetX + $330k daily royalty fine.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 18:39 6

24. Aeires (unregistered)


"All six commission members will hear the case in August and then make a final decision."

That part too. Until the final decision is made, it's still not conclusive.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 19:21 3

28. iushnt (Posts: 2056; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Haha btw apple is getting what it deserves.. Bad reputation.. Poor Apple, scared as hell

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 20:13 5

31. lyndon420 (Posts: 4871; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The iPhone has a microphone jack? Now that's new, brilliant, amazing, and most likely a typo.

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 06:47 2

41. darkkjedii (Posts: 23599; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Remember the Samsung commercial last year? The headphone jack is on the bottom POWWW!!! Lol

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 13:15

43. Alan01 (Posts: 423; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


If you re-read the article, you will see that nowhere does it state that the Apple iPhone has a microphone jack. Apple happens to own the patent for a method to determine of a microphone is plugged into such a jack which was allegedly infringed on by the Samsung Transform.

Regards,
Alan F.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 15:56 5

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Samsung's "guily," eh?

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:19 2

6. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Guily as chaged

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 19:45

29. DHILLON_ARSH (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


nah it aint....

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 15:58 4

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 23599; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They do select text in a similar way, but I don't know about infringement.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:11 9

5. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


So.... Samsung lost and won again? Am I the only one who's tired of hearing about these pointless lawsuits that really don't matter? It's obvious that Apple is going after Samsung because they're their major competition, the mobile device industry should be a rivalry, and Apple should try to better itself to have better sales if it wants to hurt Samsung, not break their knee caps with lawsuits.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:20 5

7. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


ohhh. . .sammy is sad. . .

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:26 10

8. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


I wonder what would have happened if it was Apple that invented the mobile phone(Luckily Not), the iphone just didn't appear out of thin air, they copied pretty much everyone to make the iphone, then patent every prior art they might have improved or so smh. They are stagnant and desperate now as everyone has moved way beyond them in technology and innovation, this is just gonna make people hate them more and more, IDIOTS!

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 18:44 1

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 23599; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dang dude sounds like you're taking this kinda personal. IJS.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 19:14 6

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple is the latest player in the mobile phone market. That's a fact!

And its only them that start the whole sueing for sales ban bs. Others are happy to keep selling phones before apple appear in late 2007.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 19:50 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 23599; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I agree, but he's still taking kinda personal.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 20:54 6

32. lyndon420 (Posts: 4871; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


As a consumer he's pissed, and rightfully so.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 21:10 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 23599; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


He doesn't sound like consumer, he sounds like a share holder.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 21:28 4

34. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


We are all stakeholder in this as apple try to rob us from our freedom to choose.

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 06:25 1

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 23599; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Oh c'mon now Joey. Stop it with the dramatics, if pepsi had it their way they'd be the only soft drink maker, if Porsche had it their way they'd be the only auto maker, and dare I say it...if Sammy had it their way they'd be the only handset maker. Greed drives big business bro

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 19:59 1

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The only good news from apple is they failed at getting the sales ban on any current products.

Let hope it remain that way.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 14:43

48. quakan (Posts: 1395; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Yeah Joey is definitely being overly-dramatic.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:27 8

9. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Damns apple suing on a 3phone yr old device? Com on sick tired of this shyt already

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 16:31 11

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Apple sucks. I have no idea how anyone can support them. HTC should have grown a pair and refuse to pay Apple.

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