Apple wins patent case filed by Samsung with the ITC

by: J. Angelo RacomaSeptember 14, 2012

It looks like Samsung’s legal woes are not over. After a California district court decided in favor of Apple this August and charged Samsung $1 billion in damages, Samsung’s pending case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) has also been ruled in favor of Apple.

According to ITC Judge James Gildea, Apple did not violate Samsung’s rights in any of the four patents in question. In the decision, Judge Gildea said Samsung was not able to prove that Apple infringed on the patents, and that Samsung was unable to prove that it had a domestic industry that used the patents in the first place.

The domestic business aspect is a pre-requisite for the ITC acting on such complaints. Meanwhile, the ITC, as a collegiate body, can enforce import restrictions on products that infringe on U.S. patents.

The decision is still subject to review by the Commission en banc, and Samsung says it is confident that the ITC will still decide in its favor. Samsung spokesman Adam Yates says the company will continue to pursue its intellectual property claims.

We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations. We are proud of our long history of innovation in the mobile industry and will continue to defend our intellectual property rights.

Apple has declined to comment. The company has another pending case against Samsung lodged with the ITC, which is set to be decided upon by October 19.

Analysts have observed that it is difficult to get traction against Apple at the ITC. “Apple at the ITC is bulletproof,” says lawyer Rodney Sweetland in a statement to Bloomberg. “The lesson is, if you want to get relief against Apple, it’s going to have to be in a foreign forum where it doesn’t have the clout or the cachet it has at the ITC or the northern district of California.”

Does Samsung stand a chance against Apple? Are authorities biased in favor of Apple because of its American origins, as compared to foreign companies like Samsung?

  • Oh, it’s clearly biased alright and stupid it seems as well.

  • Whenever you’re playing on your turf you’ll win apple…

    • EddieT

      In America, you are Guilty before proven innocent.

  • hnldriver

    Wonder how many judges and ITC members apple has given free phones and a big fat cheque to…

    • ffoenix

      While I hate all these patent battles, what you’re insinuating is that Apple is bribing government regulators and judges. That’s delusional. Sure I’d expect such criminal behavior from a mafia run South Korean monopoly like Samsung (because they actually did such a thing), but not from a more conservative and, relatively speaking, markedly more lawful American technology company like Apple or Google.

      • hnldriver

        How’s it delusional? As long as they have their hands in the pockets of the people who make the desicions… or should I point out judge koh who owns a apple product or the head juror in that case who apple is paying for usage of a patent… things that seem far fetched may just be happening via a lobby group at arms length… think about it from a outside perspective.

  • Android

    *Face palm* Samsung when will you ever stop covering ur ass. stick to TV and quit try to steal apple and other company phone ideas.

    • hnldriver

      Lol how about apple stealing and saying they invented some of their “innovations”…

    • Sondre Krumsvik

      Apple have stolen nearly everything. Samsung takes innovation to the next lavel while apple does the same thing every year. iPhone = unoriginal, iPad = unoriginal, Awsome features in iOS = stolen from android and other OS’s.

      Apple cannot innovate so they have to fight in court because they know that people want cheap and awsome products and not expensive and nearly useless products. Apple is the the company wich has copied and stolen more than anybody else.

      • android

        iPad was released before samsung. iPad had been discussed and had blueprint. Also the idea was brought up quite awhile by steve jobs. I’m not going to waste my time with ghetto class folks like yourself.

        • SilverNine0S

          Regarding the iPad, a different company had thought of that before Steve Jobs did. He’s not the one who came up with the idea. He’s the one who made a dream a reality but not the original idea maker.

  • United State of Apple!

  • Sondre Krumsvik

    Funny how Apple seems to win EVERY case in the US, but lose in most outised of the states. Could it be that Apple is paying of the US’s debt to china and therefore Apple gets special treatment or is it just the court system that is corrupt?


    There has to be some funny buisness going on for Apple to win every single casein the states but not elsewhere. It is only making the US look stupid to the rest of the world & I can see Android becoming sparse in the US if it keeps up. When it comes to the point that its costing companies more in legal fees then they make off selling their devices in the states then why would they sell them there. From what we hear though Google is in the midst of going through the patents it aquired when they purchased Motorola & since Motorola invented the cell phone they must hold patents that can wipe crApple off the face of the earth, which is what the mobile industry needs. -KID ANDROID

  • “Does Samsung stand a chance against Apple? Are authorities biased in favor of Apple because of its American origins, as compared to foreign companies like Samsung?”

    Samsung will never win a case against Apple in a US courtroom, much less a Californian courtroom. Apple is US’s darling child who can do no wrong. There’s no impartiality. Hell, some are saying Apple will add .5% to US’s 4th quarter GDP. Do the math.