Thursday, 25 October 2012

U.S. trade court sides with Apple in complaint against Samsung

In an initial ruling, the U.S. International Trade Commission says Samsung infringed on Apple's intellectual property.In an initial determination filed today (PDF), Judge Thomas Pender said that Samsung is, in fact violating one of Apple's iPhone design patents, as well as three software feature patents. However no violation was found with claims from two other Apple patents.
The ruling, which could lead to sales bans of those products in the U.S., is preliminary and needs to be approved by the ITC's full six-member commission.
In a statement, Samsung said the decision would lead to higher priced goods, and that it's "confident" about the ITC's final determination.
If left to stand, this initial determination could lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices for the American consumer. We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that patent law must not be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products for American consumers.

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