Last Friday in a preliminary hearing a Judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) said that Apple did not violate patents owned by Samsung in making the iPod touch, iPhone, and the iPad. Yes, Apple and Samsung have taken their unending bouts to 10 countries as they both vie for the biggest smartphone market share cut. Recently, Apple won over Samsung in a California court. Apple won a landmark victory against Samsung. Apple was also awarded with $1.05 Billion in damages.
Judge James Gildea of the International Trade Commission (ITC) was the one who said that “Apple did not violate the four patents in the case.” Samsung also filed a case back in 2011 and accused Apple of infringing their patent. They have also asked for the infringing products and wished for them to be banned from sale in the US. The said commission is due to hand their decision soon. The answer maybe to overturn current decision or uphold the decision made back in January.
Samsung made a statement and said: “We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final decision that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations”. No comment or statement has been made by Apple regarding to this.
Going back to Apple, the case they filed is about Samsung copying their iPhones and iPads. With regards to the final outcome of this case, all we can really do is to wait for the Judge’s decision which is due soon (mid of October).
Samsung then said that they will contest the verdict given by the Judge and work with US carriers to start modification on their products to keep them available in the US. The real question is, when will this court battle end? Will that even happen?