A few weeks back, President Obama vetoed against the decision taken by ITC to ban a specific Apple products from being sold in the United States. Looks like the tables have turned and a number of Samsung devices have been banned in the United States. On Thursday, ITC ruled that a number of Samsung devices infringed a few Apple patents which lead to a sales ban in US for specific Samsung devices.
The court didn’t reveal the names of the devices which will face a sales ban as there are a number of devices that infringe the patents. The court also passed a ruling in favor of the Korean giant and ruled out four other devices saying they were not infringing any Apple patents. However, The devices can be sold during the Presidential Review period.
Apple applauded the decision taken by ITC,
With today’s decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s products,” Apple said. “Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about.
On the other hand, the Korean manufacturers Adam Yates said,
Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners. The proper focus for the smartphone industry is not a global war in the courts, but fair competition in the marketplace. Samsung will continue to launch many innovative products and we have already taken measures to ensure that all of our products will continue to be available in the United States.
The legal war between the two manufacturers has been going on for a while now. It would be good to see what decision will be taken by the officials. Normally, White House doesn’t intervene in such battles but they did so a few days ago.
You can check out the complete court letter on Scribd here.
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