The continuing battle of patent-infringements between Apple and Samsung do not seem to stop. Thomas Pender, a Judge in US International Trade Commission (ITC) on October 24 declared that Samsung had violated four out of six patents that were claimed by Apple on ITC.
In the preliminary conclusion Mr. Pender found that these four Apple’s patents were infringed by Samsung :
- Apple Patent 501 : Audio I/O Headset Plug, Plug Ditection Circuit
- Apple Patent 678 : Design of iPhone
- Apple Patent 922 : Method and Apparatus for rendering Translucent Images on Computer Displays
- Apple Patent 949 : Touchscreen Heuristics and Lists (Invented by Late Steve Jobs)
This is the conclusion of Thomas Pender. Other members of ITC still have to declare their conclusions. It should be noted that the matter is being looked upon by six-member commission of ITC.
With this initial development in the issue, it seems that Samsung is again going to face serious trouble in USA for ITC has power to cancel importation of infringing goods into USA.
It should be noted that Apple and Samsung are fighting several patent-lawsuits in several courts worldwide. On last week of August 2012, US courts had imposed a damage fine of USD $1.05 Billion on Samsung to be paid to Apple in account of infringing several software and design patents of Apple iPhone.
Also, a week before from now UK courts has ruled out infringement claims of Apple on Samsung, and directed Apple to clearly show advertisements in their website and selected newspapers that Samsung has not violated their patented designs.
See also : Wealth Report of Apple