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ITC to review split ruling in Apple-Samsung patent battle

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ITC to review split ruling in Apple-Samsung patent battle
The International Trade Commission said on Wednesday that the panel will take another look at a split decision made by an ITC judge in Apple's  patent dispute with rival Samsung. Apple alleged that Samsung had infringed on an Apple patent relating to a text-selection feature for smartphones and tablets and Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender ruled in Apple's favor on that case. The ITC will also look at another decision made by the judge that cleared the Korean based Samsung after Apple accused it of infringing on another patent that is used for technology that detects whether a microphone or another piece of equipment is plugged into the microphone jack of a smartphone or tablet.

A final ruling from the ITC is due August 1st. Apple had originally filed the complaint in the middle of 2011 claiming that the Samsung Transform, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung GALAXY Nexus models, and others, had infringed on its patents. The ITC has the ability to order a sales ban on products that infringe on other company's patents which makes it a very dangerous situation when you are a defendant in a case up before the panel. There are safeguards in place that make it hard to obtain a sales ban, but just the threat of having an ITC exclusion order placed on your products is enough to make multi-billion dollar companies blink.

source: Reuters

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posted on 29 May 2013, 23:12 7

1. donjunior (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 May 2013)


Go Samsung. Beat icrap! Apple is a Devil company!

posted on 29 May 2013, 23:29 3

2. Kurai (unregistered)


they're both crap

posted on 30 May 2013, 02:51 3

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


So far the United States stood by Apple abusing it's strange patent laws to get an advantage on the home market, but it will be interesting to see what happens after Apple made sure they have no intentions paying the dozens of billions of dollars they owe to the IRS. The only way tax avoidance can be regulated if they make an example out of the biggest player, and the senate has enough influence over USPTO and USITC.

This is not about siding with Samsung or anything, it's about getting the home company to pay home taxes, and despite Apple doing it legal so far, the way the US judicial system works, they can still get a negative verdict, as it happens with many sportsmen avoiding payment to the Emperor. Tax avoidance is NOT legal, it's just extremely hard to find the legal ground for the lawsuit. So if legal doesn't work, they'll pressure the ITC and PTO.

posted on 30 May 2013, 09:02

4. PhoneCritic (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Very true. I can see the above mention agencies having pressure put on them by the senate to send a clear message to Apple. If I where Tim Cook I would probably begin dropping these suits or agree to bring some off shore money back to the states where it can be taxed.

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