ITC Judge Rules Apple Did Not Infringe Samsung Patents
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
Score another win for Apple. The ITC ruled on Friday that the Cupertino company has not infringed on Samsung patents in their iPads and iPhones. This marks the second court victory for Apple this week and the second victory against Samsung within a month.
Samsung brought the case against Apple in mid-2011, claiming Apple’s most popular devices had stolen their technology. On Friday, ITC Judge James Gildea posted his ruling on the ITC’s Web site, saying he did not see how Apple was infringing on any of these patents. Now, Judge Gildea’s ruling is subject to a review by a full commission who has the final say on whether Samsung can impose a ban on Apple devices in America.
Out of the 4 total patents brought before the ITC which Samsung claims Apple is infringing upon, Judge Gildea found that Apple is not guilty. Furthermore, Judge Gildea also said Samsung was unable to prove to him there was a domestic industry which utilizes the patents in question, a unique requirement of the trade industry, says the Business Insider.
“Apple at the ITC is bulletproof,” said Washington lawyer Rodney Sweetland, speaking to Bloomberg.
“Nobody can get any traction against them there. The lesson is, if you want to get relief against Apple, it’s going to have to be in a foreign forum where it doesn’t have the clout or the cachet it has at the ITC or the northern district of California.”
Though Sweetland feels as if Apple may have been destined to come out on top in this case, the exact reasons why Judge Gildea found Apple innocent of the charges against them remains tucked away in confidential filings which will only become visible to the public after both Apple and Samsung have a chance to redact any private or sensitive information.
“We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations,” said a spokesperson for Samsung, Adam Yates, speaking to Bloomberg.
“We are proud of our long history of innovation in the mobile industry and will continue to defend our intellectual property rights.”
Apple, of course, did not offer a statement about their most recent win.
Two of the 4 patents in this specific trial involve data transmission, the standards for which are utilized industry wide.
The other 2 patents in this ITC case cover the way phone numbers and web pages are detected as well as the way the screen moves and reacts to being touched. Both companies are leading the smartphone races and, as such, want to gain as much ground as they can in the early stages of what will be a long-fought battle in a long-lived industry.
“From a corporate perspective, Samsung needs to get an upper hand and they need to bring their A game,” said program director at Framingham, Massachusetts-based researcher IDC Will Stofega, speaking to Bloomberg.
“There are a lot of things that they have going for them. They are a very valid and creative company.”