The International Trade Commission agrees to entertain Samsung's patent claims against Apple

The International Trade Commission agrees to entertain Samsung's patent claims against Apple
For the next episode of the mobile industry patent infringement soap opera, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to investigate Samsung's patent claims against Apple.

Samsung filed a counter-claim with the ITC in June, asking for the commission to stop Apple gizmos from being sold to the US until the case is resolved, the same thing that Cupertino asked for Samsung's products. Apple tried to speed up the hearings to no avail.

This is an ordinary procedure, and now the case will be given to one of the five administrative judges, who will schedule an evidential hearing promised within 45 days, and afterwards come up with a determination.

This initial determination will then have to be reviewed by the rest of the commission, a stage where HTC is now in its Apple lawsuit, and then the ITC has to come with a verdict. The whole procedure might take up to a year and a half since inception. Plenty of months ahead for some mudslinging from both sides, switching suppliers-turned-competitors, and overall good times.

source: AppleInsider

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24 Comments

1. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

Apple cant sue all the Manufacturers and get away with it. Googles got to do somethin

5. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Like continue pumping out a half baked mobile OS?

15. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

get back in jobs' kitchen.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

better than jobs' bedroom.. lol

2. androbouy unregistered

let the pantent wars continue. Apple surely knows how to keep its legal department busy!

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

now we know why apple needs such a huge profit margin. gotta pay the 3000 laywers they have somehow.. lol

3. dandirk unregistered

Ummmm while this is just part of the pissing match, it is still samsung that is bringing the complaint against apple. So please read the title of the article at least.

4. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Sony will be making displays for iPhone and iPad, look like Apple is all set with parts bins. May be Apple will be staying away from Samsung forever.

6. I hate apple unregistered

f**k off The_ Miz... If I ever get the sight of you , I will beat the s**t out of you and kick you to hell with your buddy steve boobs...

7. StinkyPinky unregistered

LOL...

18. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

its not that serious!

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

FRANKLY I am getting tired of all this legal BS. Apple attacked 1st & now Samsung is returning the bite. I hope this stops because it's not good for the mobile industry. The only people that are benefiting from this are the lawyers. Apple just needs to STOP (because if it wasn’t for them this would not be happening) & move on with creating newer & better devices. Samsung now has flexible AMOLED screens with flexible batteries to go with. Samsung is innovating & is at FULL swing developing the Samsung Galaxy S III. Samsung & HTC have such a head start for releasing the successors to the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Evo 3D & HTC Sensation. Compared to Apple who STILL has no dual-core phone yet. Apple seems to just be going to court & nothing else. If Apple can concentrate on great devices, to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, & Sony who all have VERY impressive phones, it will make the innovation of the industry rocket to the stratosphere. I want the furthering of innovation, NOT the furthering of court dates! Again this is only a retaliation to what Apple has done. Remember this is a copy-cat industry. Everybody takes a little here & a little there. YES that includes Apple also!

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, we'll see what happens. I think this will end up in a draw like the battle between HTC and Apple. They both have patents that the other is supposedly infringing on, so they'll swap money and move on. Though Apple's tendency to ask government muscle to forcibly remove its competitors from the market is disturbing.

13. stealthd unregistered

The HTC v Apple case isn't a draw though. HTC only has patents that affect macs (40M devices sold per year) and not iOS (100M devices sold per year). Apples patents affect HTCs entire Android lineup, and if they win, those two patents could be used much more easily against Samsung and Motorola.

16. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay- not a draw. But no longer a win or die trying for HTC, either. This whole patent thing has to be taken a look at. There is no real reason this tech should cause this much of a headache. There has to be a way to protect your product without needing a drawn out legal hassle.

19. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

if thats the case htc can sue for the photons kickstand if im not mistaken.

10. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

welcome back sniggly havent seen you around here for a few days.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I know!!

11. box unregistered

I would find it hideously wonderful if somehow Samsung were successful with the imported made-in-china apple products, if only for a few weeks/months. In fact, I think I'd even go to an apple store (shudder) and throw a party to celebrate if that happened

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I hope that they side with Samsung. Apple needs to stop being such a bully and accept that there is tough competition and that they might eventually loose top spot to Android. There are people out there that like the look of iOS but like Android.

14. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

sniggly looks like u been chilling for the last couple days..same old news apple still be hating nuthing new lol

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Samsung just can't admit that they blatantly copied Apple's OS design and interface.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

can you tell me in detail how they did that please? :)

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