ITC to Review Apple's Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung
In a decision made on Wednesday in Washington, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said it would review the preliminary ruling that found select Samsung smartphones and tablet PCs infringed upon Apple's three utility patents and one design patent used on the iPhone and iPad, according to a report.
These Apple patents include the touchscreen/multi-touch patent, a method for providing a translucent images on a display, headset plug detection circuitry and the design of the original iPhone.
In October of 2012, ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender has ruled that select Samsung mobile devices infringed on some Apple patents. That ruling could potentially lead to an import ban on several Samsung smartphones and tablets. However, that case does not involve the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 devices.
While a final decision for the case was set for March 27, it is likely to be rescheduled due to the ITC review. The ITC is an independent federal agency, working with the Department of Commerce, that determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directs actions against unfair trade practices, such as subsidies, dumping, and infringements of patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Meanwhile, Samsung is hopeful on the ITC’s decision to review the case and the company has made a statement by saying “We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position.”
The latest ruling is part of an ongoing patent battle between the two tech giants to dominate the very lucrative mobile market, including smartphones and tablets. To note, Apple has other cases filed against Samsung related to patents in other parts of the world as well.