ITC judge rules that Samsung has infringed on three Apple patents, might lead to product bans

ITC judge rules that Samsung has infringed on three Apple patents, might lead to product bans
Now here is an unpleasant development for Samsung in its patent fight against Apple - an ITC judge ruled that the Koreans are infringing on several patents held by Cupertino.

Judge Thomas Pender ruled that Samsung has stepped upon Apple's patented turf regarding the design of the iPhone, its touchscreen technologies and for connecting headphones.

The ITC has the power to block Samsung imports in the US if the ruling is confirmed by the other judges on the panel, which won't be until February. 

In the meantime, Samsung issued a statement saying that the decision might diminish choices and raise prices for consumers, and that: "We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products for American consumers."

source: WSJ

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1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

F*apple.... o_0

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sure blame Apple for protecting their property

10. Nocturne

Posts: 24; Member since: May 21, 2012

Protecting your property is fine. Trying to stifle innovation isn't.

28. Hemlocke unregistered

What "innovation" is involved when you are infringing upon the IP of another company! Protecting your IP does the exact opposite of "stifling innovation."you are forced to either pay for doing something a certain way, or you find another way to do it. If it was not protected and it was a good method, companies would just use it for free and skip figuring out a better way to do it.

36. CDGMobile

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

You say this as if Samsung isnt already making new products despite these bans and injunctions, its just that Apple keeps a tent in the courtroom and a sleeping bag on deck for every release date that Samsung or other major competition has, how much longer can we look at the news board and see that once again Apple has claimed that someone has stolen their patent (lets not forget they steal patents too) and then those products get banned, then those products are unbanned and the circle of death continues

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@Hemlocke: Xerox, the "inspriation" for the original macintosh. LG Prada, various Sony designs, and other generic designs: "inspriation" for iphone. Dieter Rams' designs for Braun: "inspriation" for pretty much everything coming out of apple since jobs' return which continues until now. Mitsubishi and others: "inspiration" for multitouch. Rio & other MP3 players: "inspiration" for ipod. Windows tablets and other tablet designs, as well as the concept of a thin interactive device (like a clipboard or writing pad): "inspiration" for ipad. Apple hasn't come up with anything actually new or innovative in years, if ever. Stop fooling yourself. You're a poison, as is your name.

45. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Taco is that you?

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

One property was recently declared as stolen so to say ... bounce scroll was it?

20. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Some dogs always bark but never bite... The same way Apple's only gonna throw law suits at everyone instead of innovating good products... We are all here for better innovation technology for our tomorrow... Stopping it is like eating pure Bull$h!t...

14. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Do whatever you want to do Apple, King will always be the King. And you know what, Don't even think that you can come even near to the technology what Samsung and Google has.

25. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Lol Google is supporting sam**** .. but apple they are doing their own OS..... U know LG Is making Nexus 2.. and i like i-phones much , but i hate SAM****. Nexus 2 will rock... ( As LG is producing it )

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

What are the devices in question? Are the the ones from the trial and if so who cares? It's not like any of them are new.

5. MeoCao unregistered

GNex, S2 are involved but not S3

22. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

As long as I can get my note 2 :3

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Feb is too long away ... 4 months is a big time in Android world :) Apple can keep doing this and get nothing out of it except more sales for Samsung ...

21. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Wrong button. Ment to reply above you. Can you delete? Haha

4. Retro-touch unregistered

What I don't understand is why Samsung are getting a beating only in American courts yet those same law suits go very differently in Asia and Europe?????

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Jingoism prevails over principle of natural justice. Nothing uncomon. What needs to be seen is how many politicians hold huge stocks of Apple ... :)

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Bias and those countries don't believe in fair justice

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yes America protects culprit of one of the worst Industrial disasters in world. Do you know who? If not go back to school :)

23. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You just described the American trial perfectly. Throw in retard with an agenda, and you've also nailed the jury foreman.

46. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

fair justice in America? Do some research you sound ignorant...

15. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

It's because Apple's patents are so broad that it's really just a matter of opinion if someone is infringing or not.

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

"Home field advantage", even though apple doesn't pay taxes in the US nor does it have any manufacturing jobs here. Samsung does both.

43. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

The problem within US political system is lobbying, a subtle way to bribe politicians. In the States is acceptable that large companies “donate” big amounts of money to gain political favors. I don’t know but Apple with its endless bank account (almost as big as the US federal government’s) may do wonders. For the record, I’m not accusing anyone, Apple could sue me and they really excel at that.

47. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010


7. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Please Samsung, make Apple remove LTE from their products... This patent has nothing to do with FRAND, the iphone5 will run perfectly on 3G networks... Please don't let them off the hook on this one... Thank You in Advance.

39. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Oh yeah, I had forgotten about that lawsuit. Disappointed there hasn't been anything more on it

11. Savage unregistered

Who cares. Its not as if this is gonna boost Apple sales. As time passes, Apple's new devices are getting lamer and lamer.

12. rcwfox2002

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Why is it only U.S. courts that side with Apple just shameful.

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