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Patent war: Apple wins; Samsung faces import ban

Posted: 13 Aug 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:International Trade Commission  Samsung  Apple  patents  import ban 

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that South Korea's Samsung infringed two of Apple Inc. patents. As a result, the ITC has issued an import ban on the offending Samsung devices in the US.

According to the ITC, Samsung violated two Apple patents on digital mobile devices, covering the detection of headphone jacks and operation of touchscreens. The ITC's ban hinges on patents no. 7,479,949 and no. 7,912,501, which deal with touchscreen heuristics and the ability to detect when something is plugged into a headphone jack, respectively.

However, the ITC has sent the findings to President Barack Obama, who has 60 days to review them. If he does not veto the order, it will go into effect.

On the ruling, Apple issued the statement to AllThingsD: "With today's decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung's blatant copying of Apple's products. Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about."

Whereas disappointed with the ruling, Samsung stated, "We are disappointed that the ITC has issued an exclusion order based on two of Apple's patents. However, Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners. The proper focus for the smartphone industry is not a global war in the courts, but fair competition in the marketplace. Samsung will continue to launch many innovative products and we have already taken measures to ensure that all of our products will continue to be available in the United States."

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