AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

USITC plans review of Samsung patent violation verdict

updated 11:04 pm EST, Mon November 19, 2012

Normal process will review previous ITC verdict by single judge

As part of the regular review process of a US International Trade Commission (USITC) judgement, the commission has declared that it will review a judge's decision which found that Apple was not in violation of Samsung-held patents in making its line of multitouch iOS devices. The review will examine Judge James Gildea's preliminary ruling from September. If Apple is ultimately found to use Samsung's patents improperly, it may face an injunction in the United States on infringing devices.

In the announcement detailing the process, the USITC asked for information on how it should consider standards-essential patents, which are required to be licensed under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. The two FRAND patents are 3G communication-related patents.

Of the four patents Samsung claimed were infringed, Judge James Gildea found two of the asserted patents as not infringed, and two were ruled standards-essential and as such, FRAND-eligible. Apple argued in court that Samsung had never brought up possible violations until after it was warned about its own infringements and copying of Apple products, making the claims defensive bargaining tools.

Apple has a complaint filed against Samsung with the USITC, accusing the Korean manufacturer of patent infringement. In Apple's case, an ITC judge ruled that Samsung was guilty of infringement on October 24, with a final decision due in the case in February.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented