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Apple appeals its ITC win against Samsung; wants more Galaxy products banned?

Apple has appealed its ITC win against Samsung (a product import ban on older devices) most likely looking to extend the scope of the ban. Read on for more details.
October 16, 2013
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Not happy with the Samsung product import ban that it has won with the International Trade Commission (ITC), Apple has filed an appeal hoping to broaden the scope of the import ban against the Android device maker.

A few days ago, an ITC ban against Samsung in a complaint filed by Apple was upheld by the Obama administration, which decided not to veto the import ban against Samsung devices.

A few months ago, in a reversed case it was still Apple that prevailed upon Samsung, as the ITC import ban against Apple products was vetoed by the administration.

It’s not clear at this time what Samsung devices will be banned in the USA according to the current ruling, but it’s likely that we’re looking at older smartphones and/or tablets, that may not even be available in stores in the region.

However, by appealing the case, Apple is clearly seeking to broaden the scope of the import ban against Samsung to possibly include other newer Galaxy-branded devices.

Florian Muller from FOSS Patents, who discovered Apple’s appeal, says that following the appeal there are various potential outcomes, including a broader win for Apple, but also a reversal on certain patent claims – Apple’s wasn’t a complete win, as the ITC only found certain products to violate certain patents held by Apple.

Samsung is also expected to file an appeal of its own, as the South Korean giant had to wait for the Obama administration to either upheld the ITC ruling or veto it before actually filing. This will probably happen once the U.S. government resumes its activity.

We’ll be back with news from the Apple vs Samsung and Samsung vs Apple patent squabbles in the future, as this fight isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

ITC Notice of Appeal