ITC to review Apple, Samsung decision in patent dispute

The International Trade Commission will be reviewing the ruling that Samsung infringed on a number of Apple's patents.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has been persuaded by Samsung to review the preliminary decision that a number of the smartphone maker's products infringe on Apple-owned patents.


The ITC, which specializes in trade and patent disputes across the US, will be taking on the case, the panel announced Wednesday.

Although the ITC will be reviewing the case "in its entirety," part of the dispute will also be sent back to ITC Judge Thomas Pender in order to ask him to review two particular sections of the case, where the judge ruled that Samsung infringed on two patents in October, according to Bloomberg. The case in question resulted in the presiding judge ruling that Samsung infringed on two of Apple's patents, but discarding two others. As a result, Judge Pender recommended that the ITC order a ban on American imports of Samsung products that were found to violate Apple's patents.

One of the patents within this particular battle of the tech giants revolves around the use of a headset with a smartphone--how a mobile device detects when jacks are plugged in--whereas the other allows the mobile device to show an image on a multitouch screen with an additional, translucent image over the top.

The complaint was filed in 2011. Apple accused Samsung of infringing on these patents on over a dozen products, including the Transform and Captivate smartphones and Galaxy tablet.

A final decision on the court case, which was originally due to be announced in March, will now have to be pushed back farther due to the review.

"We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position," Adam Yates, a spokesman for Samsung, told the publication.

The long-standing war between Korean firm Samsung and Cupertino, California-based Apple has raged across courtrooms worldwide, and resulted in Apple securing $1 billion in damages. Samsung is currently fighting for the ruling to be overturned, claiming that the jury foreman treated the company unfairly and saying that a number of Apple's patents were inappropriately awarded in the first place. Apple, on the other hand, has decided $1 billion is not enough, and is pursuing an additional $500 million from the rival smartphone maker.

Yesterday, Apple posted a record Q1 net profit of $13.1 billion on revenue of $54.5 billion. iPhone sales jumped to 47.8 million, up from 37 million from the same period a year ago, and 22.9 million iPads were sold, up from 15.4 million a year ago. In a preliminary earnings statement for Q4 2012, Samsung reported an operating income of $8.2 billion, and sales grew 18.4 percent year on year to reach $52.3 billion.