Apple fends off Samsung challenge in US trade panel (Update)

Sep 14, 2012
A Samsung phone (R) and an Apple iPhone 4 are seen in this file photo, taken in 2011. Apple on Friday prevailed at a US trade panel in a patent infringement complaint filed by South Korea's Samsung over wireless communication technology for the iPhone and other Apple devices.

Apple prevailed Friday at a US trade panel in a patent infringement complaint filed by South Korea's Samsung over wireless communication technology for the iPhone and other Apple devices.

A judge at the US International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial agency which investigates trade complaints, found "no violation" by Apple of the patents for wireless communication devices and tablet computers, said a statement on the preliminary ruling.

The ruling by administrative judge James Gildea is subject to review by the full commission.

It was the latest victory for Silicon Valley-based Apple, which last month won a massive patent lawsuit against Samsung in a California court, which ordered Samsung to pay more than $1 billion for patent infringement.

Samsung however said it remained "confident" that the full commission would decide in its favor, ruling that "Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations."

"We are proud of our long history of innovation in the mobile industry and will continue to defend our intellectual property rights," the company said in a statement.

A series of legal battles are pending around the world, including claims by Samsung that Apple illegally used the South Korean electronics firm's wireless communications technology.

The ITC has the authority to ban imports of devices if it finds patent infringement.

Florian Mueller, a patent consultant who follows technology issues, said the case was another setback for the South Korean giant.

"Samsung was hoping (and despite today's setback will continue to hope) to gain some leverage over Apple from an ITC import ban," he wrote in a blog post.

"And in light of the recent California trial, Samsung needs leverage sooner rather than later."

The judge in the California Apple-Samsung case set a December 6 hearing on punitive damages to the US firm for patent infringement and on whether to ban eight Samsung phones in the US market.

Apple has asked the court to ban some of the newer 4G phones from Samsung's Galaxy line in the case.

Samsung has said it would appeal and has pledged to fight the proposed ban.

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RadiantThoughts
3 / 5 (6) Sep 14, 2012
Is there no end to apples greed?
packrat
3 / 5 (6) Sep 14, 2012
Samsung got tagged on the Apple patents but yet when Apple uses Samsung patents the trade commission says that's OK? This whole thing is beginning to stink like 5 day old fish.
Bowler_4007
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 14, 2012
Is there no end to apples greed?
Apple didn't drag Samsung to court over this, they have a right to defend themselves and their patents, although this doesn't mean they're not greedy but thats a totally seperate issue
ackack
5 / 5 (2) Sep 14, 2012
I'm not even sure what purpose this article serves.

Honestly would you expect a US trade panel to do anything other than support an American company?

Apple is just a product of the society that spawned it.

capitalism = greed.

Apple is just another bully in the sandbox, period.
VendicarD
4 / 5 (4) Sep 15, 2012
Yes.

"Honestly would you expect a US trade panel to do anything other than support an American company?" - ackack

If an American trade panel can not be trusted to rule against an American company then it is corrupt and unworthy of existence.

The same can be said of Americans.

And that is why America is dead as a nation.
Meyer
5 / 5 (2) Sep 15, 2012
Apple is just a product of the society that spawned it.

capitalism = greed.

Intellectual property is an exception to capitalism, a temporary monopoly backed by force to promote "the progress of science and the useful arts." Lawmakers lost sight of the goal as they changed IP laws over the years.
defactoseven
1.7 / 5 (3) Sep 15, 2012
What is this site's obsession with Apple anyway? Is the advertising paid or is it an unpaid editor with an agenda? Maybe a paid editor with an agenda.

This site is so full of trolls that I don't even report the spam anymore. spam trolls, creationist trolls, Apple trolls.... all the same to me.