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Samsung files ITC complaint vs. Apple to block iPad, iPhone

updated 10:15 am EDT, Wed June 29, 2011

Samsung ITC complaint steps up heat

A brief notice from Samsung has seen it escalate its legal responses to Apple by filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC). The company claims that the iPad and iPhone infringe on patents and is hoping to block imports of the devices into the US. More details of the complaint are unavailable.

The strategy is most likely a defensive measure against Apple's original lawsuit. Companies regularly use ITC complaints as bargaining chips in patent lawsuit cases as its faster processing and the threat of a trade ban can lead some companies to negotiate a settlement rather than fight a case in court.

Both Apple and Samsung have said they plan to stay business partners for components like flash memory and displays in spite of the lawsuits. Unlike Apple's settlement with Nokia, though, the pressure is mostly on Samsung and may lead to terms favorable to Apple. The American company has accused Samsung of copying the design of the iPhone and iPad with some Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab models, and in some cases the design cues are clear.

Apple hasn't commented on the ITC filing or said whether it will respond with an ITC dispute of its own. Its US lawsuit is based partly around trade dress and trademarks as well, making an ITC response more difficult.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. J2-Droid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -34

    Come on Samsung!

    Don't drop down to Apple's level.

  1. facebook_Charlie

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    Joined: Jun 2011

    +7

    Sheet metal screws

    New fastening technology on Samsung televisions. Disgusting hardware.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Monkey see, monkey do.

    "The strategy is most likely a defensive measure against Apple's original lawsuit."

    Samsung is using their legal department for PR. They're filing harassment lawsuits like this because it's the only way they can save face publicly.

    So let's see. Korea constitutes what fraction of Apple's iPad and iPhone market? And the U.S. constitutes what fraction of Samsung's iPad clone and iPhone clone market? My guess is that Samsung has far more to lose.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    words have meaning

    Samsung has never made a clone of an iPad or iPhone.

    A clone - is an exact replica.

    Samsung's hardware runs Android which can never run an iOS app - it's completelty incompatible.

    So you may feel like you are bolstering your argument - because 'clone' is a strong word.

    But if your argument relies on misrepresenting the truth, and outright lies, then how strong is your argument?

    You haven't bolstered it at all, but unnecessarily weakened it, by our own incompetence.

    Bu anyway - Samsung may be guilt of stealing design cues - that's up to the Courts to decide.

    They certainly did not make a clone - period, end of discussion.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Re: Monkey see, monkey do.

    "The strategy is most likely a defensive measure against Apple's original lawsuit."

    Samsung is using their legal department for PR. They're filing harassment lawsuits like this because it's the only way they can save face publicly.


    So when someone sues Apple and Apple responds with counter-suits, are they just filing harassment lawsuits just to save face?

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