Apple files complaint with ITC to block import of Samsung smartphones and tablets

By on July 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM.

Apple files complaint with ITC to block import of Samsung smartphones and tablets

Last week Samsung filed an official complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) asking the government body to block the import of Apple’s iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Apple flipped the tables on Samsung and has filed its own complaint with the ITC asking that it block the import of Samsung’s tablets and smartphones, Bloomberg said. The move follows Apple’s request to a U.S District Court in San Jose to block the import of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, DROID Charge and Nexus S 4G. The legal battle has been ongoing since Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung in April and accused the Korean phone maker of creating copycat devices that infringed on its intellectual property. Samsung bit back later in April and said that it will do everything it can to protect its own intellectual property. Meanwhile, U.S. courts have granted Apple access to Samsung’s most recent products, but have denied Samsung the same access to the Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3. The legal battle could place strain on Samsung’s component business, which is expected to struggle during the second half of this year — Apple is the largest buyer of Samsung’s LCD products. More →

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Apple to pay Nokia in patent settlement

By on June 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM.

Apple to pay Nokia in patent settlement

On Tuesday Nokia announced that it has reached an agreement with Apple that “will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies,” and that both firms will withdraw all complaints against one another from the U.S. International Trade Commission. The two firms have been fighting over patents for the past few years, filing counter suit after counter suit. The battle was thought to have had some closure when the U.S. ITC ruled that Apple did not infringe on Nokia’s patents, but then last month the government group said it would continue its investigation. Nokia said Tuesday that the agreement “consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple,” and that the Cupertino-based company will continue to pay royalties to Nokia for the remainder of the agreement. “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia’s president and CEO. “This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.” Nokia’s full press release can be found after the break. More →

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U.S. ITC to investigate Nokia’s patent case against Apple

By on May 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM.

U.S. ITC to investigate Nokia’s patent case against Apple

The United States International Trade Commission said Thursday that it will re-investigate patent infringement claims that Nokia filed against Apple in May 2010. In March, an ITC panel ruled that Apple did not infringe on Nokia’s patents related to speech and data transmission, device positioning, and antenna configurations, and this time around it will only examine two of the five patents named in the original case. That’s just a fraction of the patent suits Nokia has filed against the Cupertino-based company, though. Paul Melin, Nokia’s vice president of intellectual property, said Nokia now has 46 patent suits open against Apple as of March, when Nokia claimed the iPhone maker was infringing on seven additional patents. More →

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ITC staff: Siding with HTC and Nokia in Apple lawsuit is best for public

By on April 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM.

ITC staff: Siding with HTC and Nokia in Apple lawsuit is best for public

According to Bloomberg, a staff lawyer with the United States International Trade Commission (U.S. ITC) named Erin Joffre has recommended, on behalf of the public, that the ITC side with HTC and Nokia in a patent battle with Apple. HTC and Nokia have been locked in back-and-forth legal battles with Apple over the past two years, but this suit is particularly important. Apple filed the complaint on March 2nd, 2010 when it alleged that HTC was infringing on 20 of its patents related to both hardware and software technologies. The Cupertino based firm has urged the U.S. ITC to ban HTC’s Android smartphones from being imported into the United States, and it wants several of Nokia’s devices to be stopped at the border, too. In order for such a ban to take place, Administrative Law Judge Carl Charneski would have to side with Apple, and then suggest to another board that such an action be taken. Charneski will render his decision on August 5th. More →

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