Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) scores a double win over archrival Samsung by securing a verdict in their favor in a U.S. International Trade Commission case. Samsung had sued Apple over charges that the iPhone and iPad tablet computer had infringed patents held by the former.
ITC Judge James Gildea has stated that Apple is clearly not in violation of any of the four patents in question. Furthermore, Samsung has failed to provide proof that it has an industry that requires those patents, a requirement that is unique to the trade agency. Both sides will get an opportunity to redact private information, after which the verdict will be announced publicly. The Apple-Samsung battle does not end here. The two giants are locked in a battle that comprises 30 lawsuits and spans over 4 continents.
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Both companies are determined to label each other a copycat and better their reputations by declaring that its products are all patented inventions. And why not? According to Bloomberg Industries, the smartphone market is growing by leaps and bounds and one has to stay ahead in the game.
These are the patents in question – two of them are regarding technology that is used by the entire smartphone industry to transmit data, one is to detect phone numbers on a Web page or in an email, and the last one is where the document display page can be moved with the aid of the user’s finger. Samsung has accused Apple of stealing non-licensed features of the company and incorporating them into the iPhone when it debuted in 2007.
On the other hand, Apple has made a valid claim stating that Samsung had not accused them of patent infringement until a lawsuit was slapped on them because their newest offerings that runs on Google’s Android, were copying features of iPhone. An Apple lawyer has put forth a point that three of the patents in question were acquired before the sale of the first iPhone and the remaining was bought in 2009.
The trade agency that can put a stop to imports of devices, which have infringed patents, has previously come across numerous cases that involved patents used by entire industries, but the universal solution is still unclear.