Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

Summary: Samsung has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban U.S. imports of Apple products.

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Samsung Electronics said late Wednesday night that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban U.S. imports of Apple products.

It's the latest move in a legal battle between the two companies over the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's alleged violation of five patents pertaining to wireless communications standards and mobile user interfaces.

The request, which was filed Tuesday, specifically requests a permanent exclusion order prohibiting U.S. entry of all Apple products in violation of the patents, including its most popular products: the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Samsung previously filed suit against Apple in both the U.S. and South Korea.

AP reporter Kelly Olsen reminds us that there's little concern for fans of those products:

Consumers shouldn't worry about being able to buy products. These disputes take months or years to resolve and typically end with payments of licensing fees rather than any import ban.

Not content to take legal fights sitting down, Apple sued Samsung in South Korea last week claiming that the company copied features from the iPhone for its Galaxy smartphones; Apple first filed suit on the matter in April.

It's the latest volley in an IP melee in the mobile sector: Apple sued Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC over Android, Microsoft sued Motorola over its use of Google's operating system, and Nokia and Apple recently settled over claims of violations regarding IP for touchscreen gestures and application stores.

Topics: Apple, Mobility, Samsung, Wi-Fi

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Gutsy move

    That's all I can say
    Michael Alan Goff
    • FIRST, shoot the lawyers!

      @goff256
      Then let the engineers settle it.
      kd5auq
      • Shoot the lawyers?

        Excellent idea.

        Well, not so much. I have a friend going to law school. >_>
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @kd5auq riiiight. The Engineers are the ones who hired the lawyers.

        Oh wait, let me guess.

        You think the engineers are the good guys.

        Good guys who worked together in harmony for the betterment of mankind.

        The engineers in their wholesale greed are the ones responsible for the insane lengths copyright laws go to today thanks in large part to the engineers being the only ones who understood anything about what they were copyrighting.

        Lawyers did what they were told. They mostly could not drive copyright ideas like they could with other industries because when it comes to high tech they are as clueless as anyone else in regards to what is truly an innovation or a knockoff or knowing whether the color of the plastic box and shape your gadget comes in matters to its final design. They just take the word of the engineer.
        JonathanSeer
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @JonathanSeer - : Haa Haa Haa - Maybe YOU are a lwayer, or even worse, a marketing person, or maybe a high school student.....<br> There is a world of difference between patents, which the article is about, and copyrights, which YOU cite..... He He.... Have trouble with reading comprehension also? <br> And, engineers dod not hire lawyers, company management did... Heh!
        <br> Oh, and if you ever met & worked with a patent lawyer, they DO fully inderstand the intracies of the invention, and are tasked with putting a description into sufficient legal terms that it will be fully protected.... <br><br>Really sorry you feel so bad about engineers - the ones whose inventions have made your life so much more convenient than it might have been!
        Willnott
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @JonathanSeer

        Engineers did not hire the lawyers. Accountants hired the lawyers after they decided the Engineers cost to much money. Then, they hired some engineers back as contractors, and told them to start generating more patents on the spot.
        tkejlboom
    • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

      @goff256

      But it can't work, Apple is an American company, so why would they need to import stuff?

      Oh wait...
      tonymcs@...
      • That's right

        @tonymcs@...
        They're just like every other tech company...
        use_what_works_4_U
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @tonymcs@... : Yeah - funny that a Korean company would be trying to prevent a USA company from importing products... Regardless of where they are assembled (not in Korea either)... Both gorillas use lower cost labor in China, as do most of the other gorillas in the electronics field - I can just see US customs trying to enforce an embargo against an American company.... he he he. OTOH, I'll bet they would be happy to enforce an embargo against a Korean company!
        Willnott
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @tonymcs@...

        You know they aren't serious about it yet, because most of the components come off Samsung's assembly lines. We'll know it's serious when Apple suffers supply chain disruptions because Samsung won't sell to them anymore. Corporate culture is SOOOO jacked up.
        tkejlboom
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @tonymcs@...
        Do you really think that Apple manufacturers their toys in the USA? Apple has factories in the US? Pays US manufacturing wages? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!
        A.Sinic
    • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

      @goff256 I hope Samsung wins.
      mikroland
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @mikroland

        Did you read the article? It says clearly that such import bans are rarely implemented, the case ends up with payment of license fees instead.

        Yes, it is a weird aspect of our court system that it starts out with such a bang and ends the case in such a whimper. But that is what we get for allowing our court system to morph into a verbal equivalent of the old "trial by combat".
        mejohnsn
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @mikroland
        @mejohnsn, did you read his reply?
        he said he 'hopes Samsung wins' NOT that Apple products are banned.
        I Hate Malware
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @mikroland I don't, because my samsung phone sucks. I cannot wait until December when I can get a....Wait for it.... An I-phone.
        plogan721
    • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

      @goff256

      Sweet! Can we ban Apple Fan Boys next?
      Rob.sharp
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @rob.sharp@... No because ZDNET would have next to no writers left!
        slickjim
      • RE: Samsung seeks to ban Apple products in U.S.

        @Peter Perry
        HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
        Sometimes you make me laugh so much
        and it's so funny cos it's true :p
        dunners6
  • Why can't Samsung just make circular single touch devices?

    Then Apple wouldn't have been forced to sue them into bankruptcy.
    woulddie4apple
    • Are you kidding? Apple picked a fight with a heavyweight.

      @woulddie4apple

      Samsung is a gigantic diversified conglomerate. Their revenue is 3x that of Apple, Assets are 3x that of Apple, equity is 2x that of Apple, and very similar in profit (Apple was slightly ahead in 2010).

      I'll give Apple an A+ for guts, but this isn't something they will automatically win just because they are "Apple".
      croberts