Obama Lets ITC Ruling Stand, Some Samsung Phones Banned
Samsung faces a ban that will prevent it from importing a handful of its smartphones after the Obama Administration decided not to veto a ruling issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC ruled in August that Samsung infringed on two design-based patents held by Apple. The patents in question cover detecting headphones and scrolling behavior. Samsung appealed the decision and hoped the President would overturn the ITC's ruling. "After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the impact on consumers and competition, advice from agencies, and information from interested parties, I have decided to allow" the import ban to proceed, said Michael Froman, Obama's U.S. Trade Representative. Samsung held that the ban should be overturned because the Obama administration overturned a ban won by Samsung against Apple products earlier this year. In that case, however, the patents pertained to standard essential technology, which must be licensed at reasonable rates. It's not immediately clear which Samsung devices are affected by the ban, which goes into effect today.
ITC Says Nvidia Infringed Samsung Patents
A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission found Nvidia guilty of infringing three patents owned by Samsung.
Microsoft Avoids Import Ban in InterDigital Case
Microsoft escaped what could have been a harmful ban on its devices as the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to block the import of Microsoft's smartphones into the U.S.
Microsoft Loses Patent Case to InterDigital
The International Trade Commission today ruled Microsoft improperly used two InterDigital wireless patents without permission. The ruling judge said "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft [phones] from import into the United States." Patent-related complaints are often taken to the ITC, which has the power to enact such bans.
Appeals Court Exonerates Samsung in $120M Case
Samsung won a reversal of a $120 million patent-related fine thanks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
ITC to Investigate Another Complaint Against Apple
The International Trade Commission today said it will investigate claims made by Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners that Apple is infringing on its patents. The two California-based firms filed grievances with the ITC in October and assert Apple's Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs violate their intellectual property.
Business is business
Still, I think this whole copyright-slash-patent war is stoopid. Though exceptions apply,