ITC Rules in Favor of Apple, Some Older Samsung Devices Receiving Import Ban

ITC Rules in Favor of Apple, Some Older Samsung Devices Receiving Import Ban

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Some older Samsung devices will be receiving an import ban for infringing on Apple patents, as the International Trade Commission ruled earlier today.

The import band is subject to a 60-day veto period, where President Obama could veto the ban like he did for the Apple one. The patents in question cover scrolling behavior and headphone jacks with devices like the Galaxy S 4G, Fascinate, Captivate, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, and many other smartphones released in 2010/2011 facing the import band.

Samsung Responded with the following statement:
We are disappointed that the ITC has issued an exclusion order based on two of Apple’s patents. However, Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners. The proper focus for the smartphone industry is not a global war in the courts, but fair competition in the marketplace. Samsung will continue to launch many innovative products and we have already taken measures to ensure that all of our products will continue to be available in the United States.

Apple's statement follows:
With today's decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung's blatant copying of Apple's products. Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about.

Reportedly, the circumstances of this case make it much more difficult for Samsung to obtain a veto from President Obama to nullify the ban. After President Obama vetoed the import ban on iPhones, South Korea criticized the decision and expressed their concern over Samsung's patent rights.

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ITC Rules in Favor of Apple, Some Older Samsung Devices Receiving Import Ban

Copperhead - August 11, 2013 at 6:54am
I will still get what ever I want imported, even if my friend has to send me 1 screw at a time I WILL GET MY DEVICE no matter what ban is up..
Trolololo - August 10, 2013 at 12:38am
What ever at the end of the day both companies are still business partners. As long as I get my phones I'm happy
Dougless - August 10, 2013 at 12:18am
lets hope all the cheap crap is off US soil - and a more level playing field of S4 versus iPhone5s will prove Apple a rise and change in stock once again
Walter White / WaterFalls2013 - August 9, 2013 at 11:53pm
Samsung makes handsets to order and some of their own too. These phones run on several systems, none which are Samsungs own home brewed os. Samsung enters the Smartphone to compete with its exclusive Contractee Apple... and not only that Samsung chooses to use Android. A quick and easy step to compete. It is also key to understand, Googles CEO was on the Apple board of Directors during this time and that Google plotted to compete with Apples own Andy Ruben who headed up Danger a company Ruben started after leaving Apple to focus on mobile phones. It is also important to know - since 1997 Apple had closed Newton down - spun some technology to Palm - and secretly had Newton engineers work on Purple - which was iPad and iPhone development... thats right Ruben was there during Purple. Android was a completely different beast in 2006... come 2007 when iPhone was launched -- Google totally steered Android to look and feel like iOS. Google saw the future - and Apple lead the way already marketing and selling iPhone. Googles Android and Samsung handset designs are clones - as close as a perfect copy to iOS as possible to avoid infringements -- however -- the rush and lack of true innovation left trails of evidence that Andy Ruben was a hack-in-stein Apple wannabe. And lastly Samsung had it all too easy - and earned far too much - waiting for the US government and law systems to decide on the verdict. Lets all hope thios is the Beginning of the End... as Samsung struggles to perfect a new OS of its own... and alters handset designs... Google becomes the focus... and the show ends when Android finally falls. Samsung had a good run... they made enough money on thier useless none-upgradable cheap crap... and offered high end phones at the price of iPhone though sold far less of those. Nevertheless, Samsung tried but has tarnished it reputation for good now. Long live Apple innovation - down with copy cats. In my opinion, all are copy cats -- if truly Apple owns multi-touch gestures - no other phone should function with a pinch or swipe or flick -- this was the software and hardware marriage of the touch screen advancement.. all competitors copy this type of gesture.. so no matter how you skin or dress up the interface -- the function is Apple owned.
Jack black - August 10, 2013 at 1:04am
What a joke trying to patten a gesture... That is not innovation at all. Making a new device or hardware is innovation, not writing computer code. Or designing a curved corner. That is ascetics... Do car companies battle over the use of led lights in a particular design? They could battle over the invention of an led light, but that technology was invented in 1962, yet u don't see audi suing car companies who use a variation of the led rs8 head light design. Only a dumb ass company would waist money on sue in over the shape of a phone or a gesture... Even if they can convince the courts and politicians they bought off to agree. Either way it is NOT Innovation. The invention of the pc was innovation, the mouse , GUI , not a curve or how a phone gestures.
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