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

ITC: Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's text-selection patent
In a decision originally made on March 26th, Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple's patent on text selection.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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39 Comments

1. osmaankhaan unregistered

Yawn... boring....

42. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Justice is served.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So you read the part about the microphone jack.

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

He doesn't read, just troll.

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.

19. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

its a frand patent

20. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3139; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

3. HASHTAG unregistered

Samsung's "guily," eh?

6. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Guily as chaged

29. DHILLON_ARSH

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

nah it aint....

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

5. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

7. xprimer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

ohhh. . .sammy is sad. . .

8. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 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!

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The law is the law, he's not necessarily supporting them. He's making a ruling based on the evidence. I once sat on a jury, and voted not guilty despite that I thought the guy was, cuz of the evidence. Stop thinking apples buying everyone off...Sammy could actually be in the wrong

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I guess this is the fall of Samsung. They will get hosed now. :/ I cant wait till all these lawsuits are over.

12. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Rotten Apple suing Samsung on Android OS on "text selection". Apple didn't invented it, Apple stole and patented.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If that's the case Motorola should sue everyone, cuz they invented the cell phone. So everyone stole and patented from Motorola.

16. highonandroid

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

suing for text selection, really apple ?

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How can they even patent s**t like that?

17. osmaankhaan unregistered

samsung just throw a billon $ on their face which u earn every 2.4 days since its all about money for them

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell in that case I'm suing them lol.

21. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Another reason to hate Apple but hey its free publicity for Samsung. Just like the bargain $1B media coverage received last year.

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