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OUII agrees with Judge's finding that Samsung infringed on Apple

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OUII agrees with Judge's finding that Samsung infringed on Apple
The ITC's Office of Unfair Import Investigation has gone over the preliminary ruling from Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender that ruled in favor of Apple and against Samsung. The OUII found that Judge Pender "did not commit legal or factual error" in his ruling that Samsung had infringed on four Apple patents. Both sides had petitioned the court for a review as Apple sought wider sanctions on Samsung and the latter was trying to prevent a ban on some of its devices.

The Samsung Tranform was cited by the OUII for infringing on Apple's '501 patent

The Samsung Tranform was cited by the OUII for infringing on Apple's '501 patent

The OUII makes recommendations that don't have to be followed by the ITC or the Judge. Besides finding that ALJ Pender made no reversible errors, it also found that Sammy's SPH-M920 did "infringe claim 3 of the ‘501 patent." The '501 patent is owned by Apple and covers the headphone jack and accompanying circuitry, on a device. Claim 3 covers the technology that determines if the device has its microphone activated. The product in question is known in the U.S. as the Samsung Transform.

If the ITC follows through on the recommendation, Samsung could see a sales ban on the devices involved in the original claim, unless it has been able to devise a workaround for them. Since the OUII is only making a recommendation, Samsung is down to its last strike. Apple is asking for a reversal on some of Samsung's devices found not to have infringed on an Apple iPhone 3GS design patent and a utility patent involving plug-in detection technology.

Samsung is seeking a reversal based on procedural errors in submitting evidence, and decisions made by Judge Pender relating to infringement and validity. Obviously, the Korean based manufacturer is in more hot water than Apple when it comes to the final ITC decision. The ITC is also scheduled to review another previous decision that cleared Apple from infringing on Samsung's wireless patents. A final decision will be handed down next year.

Visit the sourcelink to read the entire recommendation handed down by the OUII.

source: OUIIdetermination via AppleInsider

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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:02 17

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


OUII is just as bad as the judge. plus Samsung Tranform have a FULL PHYSICAL QWERTY KEYBOARD. I'm getting sick and tired of all these dumb patent articles. Their also probably got paid by Apple as well as the judge and their BIASED to find that Samsung is guily but NOT GUILTY to us. This phone is irrlevant to the iPhone it doesn't even look like the damn iphone it have a FULL PYHSICAL QWERTY KEYBOARD. This patent against that phone IS SO DAMN STUPID.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:10 14

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1212; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I wish the Federal court would just force both sides to work it out or tell them they will ban them both

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 01:37 2

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5280; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Don't you want the kids of all the lawyers representing Sammy and Apple to have fully funded education trust funds?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 10:46

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


Yes, ban them both our nothing..... Otherwise its obvious that Apple has been bribing all of them.......

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:53 1

14. asulect (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I thought the article said Samsung Tranform infringed on headphone jack, accompanying circuitry and technology that detects microphone activation, nothing related to the physical appearance.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:11 5

3. networkdood (Posts: 5508; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If it is just about the Samsung Transform, then it will be no big deal ...for now.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:42 8

6. someones4 (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


So..this is just US right? No point having these blood-sucking bureaucrats affect consumers in other regions.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 00:34 1

8. Rocksteady (Posts: 183; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Exactly, feels good living in a third-world country after all.
out here, Samsung and apple have pure competition, and I've been realizing lately that the number of Samsung handsets in hands are increasing.
iphone is a good product, for non-tech enthusiast consumers.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 01:26 1

11. someones4 (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


yup..i realized that most of these kerfufles mainly come from US. Everyone else was like 'keep it cool,dudes'. i really suspect that the US is being really biased here, trying to protect their own investments and all...

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 23:08 7

7. wumberpeb (Posts: 406; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


The Samsung Transform was my first Sprint phone...

WHAT IN THE HELL DOES THE SAMSUNG TRANSFORM HAVE TO DO WITH AN IPHONE? IT'S A MID-RANGE QWERTY SLIDER WITH STOCK FROYO!

It's been end-of-life for a while now, what good does any of this do? Such a waste, so tired of Apple and these patents on gravity and oxygen...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 01:15 3

9. jroc74 (Posts: 3977; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"utility patent involving plug-in detection technology."

You know its bad when you hear something related to this patent case I never heard about before. Where did this come from?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 01:24

10. someones4 (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


i think it's used to automatically play music when it detects a earphone has been plugged-in.

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