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

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 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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16 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

14. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

6. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

8. Rocksteady unregistered

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.

11. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 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...

7. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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...

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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?

10. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

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