ITC decides to review Apple complaint against Samsung

Apple initially won a judgment handed down by an administrative law judge, but now the ITC wants to make a final decision.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decided yesterday to review a judgment given by a court of law and administrative proceedings for patent infringement saga between Apple and Samsung.

Judge Thomas Pender in October ruled that Samsung infringed one of Apple’s design patents for iPhone, as well as three patents of software functions, in some of its mobile products. Two other patents brought before the court by Apple were not infringed by Samsung.

In a statement issued yesterday (PDF), the ITC announced its intention to revise the judgment pronounced by a court Pender. The organization said it had received “petitions for review” by Apple and Samsung. In December, Google, developer of the Android operating system running on devices from Samsung, has submitted a request “in response to the request for statements relating to the public interest.” The ITC did not say what was in the presentation of Google, but the company allegedly shared his support for Samsung.

After losing the initial judgment in October, Samsung criticized the result, saying it “could lead to fewer choices, less innovation and higher prices potentially available to American consumers.” The company also said it is optimistic that the full ITC Commission should review its decision and come down on one side.

“We remain confident that the full commission finally reach a final decision affirms our position that the patent law should not be manipulated to give a company a monopoly rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is improving every day from Samsung and other companies , “the company said at the time.

The decision of the ITC is a microcosm of the patent struggle going on between Apple and Samsung. From time to time, a company won a decision, only to have appealed the loser. Subsequent hearings on the subject are then held. The result is not definitive and more opportunities for Apple and Samsung to add alleged violation of their clothes.

The ITC had previously been reserved on March 27 for a hearing on his final initial determination on the case. With the review process now paying off, that date will be pushed back.



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