Apple files new ITC complaint against Samsung

Apple files new ITC complaint against Samsung
On Tuesday, Apple filed a new complaint against Samsung with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to block  imports into the States of Samsung's Galaxy S phones (including the highly anticipated Galaxy S II) and Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablets. Apple's filing was done in response to Samsung's own filing with the U.S International Trade Commission, seeking a block against imports of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad into the States. In the new complaint, Apple said that "Samsung has followed each of Apple’s groundbreaking products with imitation products that incorporate Apple’s technology and distinctive design."

After going through both side's filings, the ITC will decide whether or not to hear the case; if they decide in the affirmative, hearings would begin in 15 to 18 months. As we reported, the courts have granted Apple's request to see Samsung's unfinished new products to make sure that they do not infringe on the Cupertino based firm's patents. Samsung's request to see the work in progress on the Apple iPhone 5 and the Apple iPad 3 was turned down.

Gleacher and Co. analyst  Brian Marshall says that since Samsung owns a number of patents that Apple needs to manufacture the iPhone and iPad, it would make sense for Apple to give up the challenge and agree to a settlement with Samsung that would allow both firms to cross-license each others' intellectual property. Apple remains Samsung's second largest customer for parts but as we reported, the former could end up replacing Samsung with Taiwan Semiconductor when the A6 chip rolls out in 2012.

Meanwhile, there is some vague gossip going around that speculates that Samsung will separate its semiconductor and LCD business from the rest of the company to avoid a conflict of interest. A conflict in Samsung's displays unit occurred last year when a shortage of Samsung produced AMOLED screens forced the company to stop supplying them to HTC for the DROID Incredible and save them for use in the company's own Galaxy S handsets.

source: AppleInsider



1. feli_g

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

Apple is only afraid because they know that samsung products will sell more...

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

yeah right the iphone 4 is the #1 selling smartphone of all time with the 3gs and 3g filling in at 2nd and 3rd they both need each other but they don't want the other company getting an upper hand...they'll come to a settlement eventually

12. Dion unregistered

Have you seen the Galaxy S II sales lately? Samsung is becoming quite a challenge and I'm sure 3 million in 55 days without a US launch makes the Galaxy S II the biggest Android debut to date in terms of sales figures. Sure, the iPhone series has sold more than the Galaxy S series overall, but the Galaxy S phones are experiencing a much faster growth rate than iPhones. Apple is starting to see that not Android anymore, but Samsung alone, is presenting a threat to it's market share. You can't deny that.

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yeah, because they imitated the iphone, that's why they're selling :) Samsung is no threat to Apple. Apple is annoyed by Samsung for copying their iDevices.

27. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

so what you are saying is that people are buying the galaxy s2 because they think its an iphone lol not everyone is dumb as isheeps.....if that was the case they would have started suing in early 2010 when galaxy s was ANNOUNCED and not when galaxy s became successful.....galaxy s2 is doing well because it is currently the best phone available....

33. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

People are buying the Galaxy S because they can finally get a non Apple device that looks and feels like an iphone. Not everyone is a fan of Apple. Not everyone likes Apple's walled approach. But they do like iDevices design and OS. Hence, the Galaxy S is a close alternative. Galaxy S is not the best phone available. There's no official claim to that. In your personal world maybe :)

42. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Maybe its just me but I didn't get the s2 because it looks and feels like an iPhone 4 and it doesn't....the only thing that I will say that is similar is the grid icon app menu but apple were not the first with a grid icon....I personally got it because of the specs and like you pointed out is the best phone to me....but I would say that a lot of techblogs have said the same even apple loving sites such as engadget....sales also seem to say its the best...before you say doesn't mean.its the best, alot of apple fanboys say hey we sell the most so we the best.

51. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yes, it's just you, lol.

62. mememeeee unregistered

galaxy s2 > iphone in every way

69. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

me and a handful of mobile reviewers lol

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Can we just get Judge Judy in here to shut them both up. "No one is copying of of you Apple! Shut up and quit filing lawsuits. And Samsung, you're crazy if you think we're gonna block Apples products from entering the US! Both of you grow up and stop acting like children or i'll ban you both!"

3. Awesome1 unregistered

Can you even read? Apple is the one wanted to ban Samsung smartphones and tablet in US, not the other way around.

5. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Can you read???? Apple wants to ban Samsung because Samsung wants to ban Apple.

9. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Peter Chou: Ban them, ban them...

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And why should Apple shut up? So that Samsung and the other copycats can just sit back, relax, and wait what's next for Apple and just copy? I don't think so. The copying should stop.

28. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

apple never copies do they....ummmmmm have you seen ios5 they have copied from everyone including from devolopers from there own platform.... ios 5 notification-android/web os/samsung touchwiz(slide to notifcations such as miss calls and messages from lockscreen) ios 5 volume shutter button- camera+ had this last year on their app but apple made them remove it because it was a private api and appl also said that it would confuse the guess the isheeps have matured enough for apple now. ios 5 quick camera access from lockscreen- copied from wp7 ios 5 imessage- blackberry messenger sooo what is so Original lord isheep in ios 5...everything that ios 5 will do can be DONE ALREADY on other OS'S......finally your right apple should stop copying i agree with you there completely.

34. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Do you know each and every touch gesture patents included on iOS? Did you know that the notification tray has been a part of iOS since the first iphone? Do you know how many touch gesture patents Apple owns that has not even been implemented on their iDevices? Do you know why google is not suing Apple for that notification tray? It's because they can't. Apple has the right to sue anyone whom they feel is infringing on their patents if they have a strong evidence. Why would it bother you if you're confident that no one is copying Apple's iDevices? It's because you know deep inside that they do :)

44. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

dont really know much about patents to be honest but i think they have patented the codes behind how the gesture is performed and there is always more than one way to perform those gestures, otherwise apple would be suing everyone if there was only way of doing the gestures you are on about... i also understand they recently won a patent on capacitive screens but again there is more than one way of making them.....never saw pull down notification on iphone before ios5 and if they had it for so long why did it take 4 years to i know you mean it was in the source code of ios but then again it could have been in the source code of android when it was meant to be a bb challenger...AGAIN i have never said no ones copied apple so dont know where you got the from...everyone copies everyone i just dont get how apple fanboys think apple never copy anyone and will defend them till have not patented anything android hence they are a opensource platform....they cant sue anything to do with could use the exact code of any android features and not get sued...

52. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Bottomline is, let anyone sue if they feel like their protected IP's have been infringed. Let them battle it out in court, and may justice prevail. Pull down gestures have been available in many apps for the iphone. It's just never used in any of its native apps. So if Apple decides to use it now, it's their prerogative, and if google feels that they've been ripped off, then let them sue Apple. Being open source has nothing to do with patenting features. Google can patent any of their IP's (if they actually have one, lol). Why do you think google entered that bidding for Nortel? Which Apple won btw. So they can openly let everyone use those patented tech? I don't think so. Don't play naive. If you're really smart, you should know how patents are very important to any tech company in protecting their investments. Apple is just protecting and exercising their rights.

68. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

apple did not win,a consortium including apple,microsoft and others won....the sale has not gone through yet and will be decided by next fall and yes it is not good for google as they need as many patents as possible as they dont really have any to protect not being naive and know how important patents are and as i said before i dont have any real knowledge of them...i guess we will see who wins out at the end...cant remember the last time apple won in court...

49. Liesssss unregistered


53. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Liar? What would you do if I can prove to you in an article that pull down touch gestures for menus have been a part of iOS since rhe first iphone? Yes, Apple haven't implemented a notification tray until iOS5, but it does not mean that they never had any right to that gesture. Use your common sense, if Apple copied android on that, google would've sued Apple by now. But why didn't google sue Apple? Is it because google is just too nice? I don't think so. It's because google knows that Apple had that feature in mind even before they came out with their first android phone :) So what did google do, as always, when they find out about something that Apple has been cooking up, google implements it right away on their devices to make it seem like they had it first, and they end up with half baked features, because they just rushed it out :)

65. iSheepHunter

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

HAHAHA, so Google has some sort of spy that stole the idea from apple? Ridiculous, iOS never had the notification bar and now that Android has it it means they sent in a "spy" to apple to get information on it. Hahahaha! Blind little iSheep :)

47. feli_g

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

They just thing apple is the best. Everyone copies but apple. They are so hypnotized that they can't just see the facts.

54. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh please stop. Not everyone is copying Apple. RIM & HP don't copy Apple at all. They come up with their own. I would say that Apple might have inspired them here and there, but they try to come up with something different. Unlike most android devices that just seem to wait for Apple's next step and imitate it. Ewwwww.

66. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

exactly. the third party apps in iOS had them.... so technically apple stole that idea from them AND android.... mate face it... apple isn't the best anymore

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Apple is starting to get annoying with all these lawsuits. Do they not realize how bad its making them look to the public? My respect for this company decreases by the day. Why cant they just pay more attention to the future and continue to innovate like they're known for instead of wasting there time in trivial lawsuits.

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Annoying? And you think Apple does not find all the copying of their devices annoying as well?

21. mrkrabs

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

is that why Apple is having the iPhone 5 have a similiar iOS like Android with the drag down? :)

35. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

That drag down notification tray has been a part of iOS since the first iphone. They just haven't implemented it at that time. Why do you think google is not suing Apple for it? It's because they know that they're actually the ones who stole that idea from Apple and rushed it into their android os. No wonder it's half baked :)

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