Yup, the war between Samsung and Apple is still going on strong, leaning in Apple’s favor, the US International Trade Commission today ruled that certain Samsung devices do violate two of Apple’s patents, and has restricted the imports of these infringing devices into the US.
However for the other four patents that were including in the case, the ITC didn’t find any violations, and they decided not to include a list of all the products included in the infringement.
However the ITC did write that Apple failed to prove the Tranform SPH-M920 and Galaxy S2 infringed on their audio jack I/O circuit patent, which means a partial victory for Apple, to which they sent out the following statement:
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.”
Samsung can continue to import and sell any offending devices in the US during a 60-day presidential review, and it will have to post a bond of 1.25% of the entire value, which is yet to be revealed.
For which, Samsung also released their own statement:
“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.”
So it seems despite being a partial victory, Apple have yet again won another battle against Samsung in the patent war.