ITC to Review Apple Patent Case Against Samsung

Back in April, a judge decided that Samsung has infringed an Apple patent on a text selection feature for its smartphones and tablets. Now, the International Trade commission will review the decision once again. The special trade panel will take a second look at one ITC judge’s split decision.

The patent revealing “a method and apparatus for providing translucent images on a computer display” related to a text selection feature was found in the stock Android Browser application as well as the translucent buttons of the Android photo gallery, which were infringing.

Within the same decision, the judge has revealed the fact that Samsung had not infringed one a second Apple patent, the one that covers a means for a device to tell whether a microphone or other attachment is connected to the microphone jack.

ITC reviews Apple v. Samsung case

The already-mentioned patent case had been ongoing since 2011, when Apple first accused Samsung’s Galaxy Transform and Nexus of infringing several Apple patents. The respective lawsuit is one of the many other patent battles between the world’s two biggest Smartphone manufacturers. According to Apple, Samsung copies the look and ease-to-use features that define its line of iPhones.

At that time, the judge dealing with the case decided that some of Samsung’s newer models such as Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, both reaching the up-mentioned categories of smart devices, have worked around the patents. Fortunately, for Samsung’s fans, the Galaxy S4 that began selling in April was not a part of the case.

Yesterday, ITC reviewed more information related to the Apple v. Samsung case. The Washington-based panel asked for additional arguments in what concerns three of the four patents that former Judge Thomas Pender decided were infringed. As it was stated before, the dispute involved smartphones and tablet computers with Apple and Samsung’s signature.

The two companied are in an endless battle, which debuted when they first started to manufacture smart devices. Now, Samsung, the South Korea-based company owns almost 32 percent of the global Smartphone market in the first quarter while the Cupertino, California-based company reaches only 17 percent.

With the case reviewed, both parties should wait for a final decision for the case No. 337-796 on August 1. The International Trade Commission is a popular mediator among all tech companies since it has the power to ban imported goods from the United States if they are found to violate various patents.


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