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ITC Rules In Apple’s Favor, Bans Older Samsung Devices

by Brandon Russell | August 9, 2013August 9, 2013 4:30 pm PST


The ITC on Friday issued a ban on certain—very, very old—Samsung products for infringing on Apple patents. The ruling comes after President Obama and his administration overturned a similar import ban on older Apple devices; there will be a 60-day veto period in which Obama can intervene. However, since the patents are considered none-essential, it’s unlikely the President will veto the ITC’s decision.

The devices being banned include the Galaxy S 4G, Fascinate, Captivate, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1—not really Samsung’s top of the line products. But that’s not really the point, now is it? The ITC wound up ruling in favor of Apple on two patents in particular, scrolling behavior on smartphone devices and headphone jacks, though six in total were considered in the suit.

While the ITC’s ruling deals with Samsung’s older lineup of devices, a potential ban could be levied against more recent products, including the Galaxy S4, but only if the Korean company’s workaround are found not to be good enough. Today’s ruling was mostly focused on Apple’s software, with other decisions related to hardware falling in Samsung’s favor.

Apple, of course, was pleased with the ITC’s decision, saying Samsung is blatantly copying Apple’s products. “Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about,” an Apple statement reads. Samsung, on the other hand, was disappointed, but said it will continue to launch future products and ensure current products continue to be available in the U.S.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.