ITC Initiates Ban on Older Samsung Devices for Infringing on Apple Patents


The International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Apple yesterday in regards to Samsung infringing on Apple patents.  With this ruling, a ban on importing some older Samsung devices will go into effect. Of course there is a 60 day time frame where President Obama has the chance to veto such a decision.  Some of the devices in question include:

  • The Galaxy S 4G
  • Galaxy Tab
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Fascinate
  • Captivate

Other devices released in 2010 and 2011 fall into this category as well.  Each device is said to violate scrolling behaviors and another patent involving the headphone jack. While Samsung’s import ban request on Apple was vetoed by the President it’s highly unlikely that he will do the same with this case. The reason for this is that these patents are considering non-essential. Both companies released a response to this decision:

We are disappointed that the ITC has issued an exclusion order based on two of Apple’s patents.  However, 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.

Apple had this to say:

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. Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about.

Other devices can fall under this ban as well if Samsung’s attempts at a work around prove to not be good enough for officials. While the ban does only affect older Samsung devices, the precedent is set and Apple could push forward with attempts at banning new devices. As always, only time will tell.

source: ITC Ruling
via: The Verge


About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • M42

    Barack O’Bush won’t veto this decision because Samsung didn’t donate big $$ to his campaign like Apple did.

    • gsanchez

      That’s true, unfortunately…

      If you cannot win in a higly competitive makert, use your patents to rule them all under your shoes.

    • Kary

      You beat me to it. My thoughts exactly.


    Samsung just can’t innovate. No wonder their stocks keep tanking.

    Sad really.

    • michael centeno

      you’re either trolling or just an idiot.

      • Chris Holt

        A quick check of both companies stock will demonstrate how you missed the third possibility..

    • mee

      Do you realize that samsung just won a case against apple which obama over ruled? or you are just a one way traffic method man? Speak objectively.

  • bsmart

    Enough!! Apple received billions on infringements. let US citizens choose what phone that want, this battle is not fair to your customers

  • Jok3sta

    Who still uses those devices anyway? On to the next subject. The world keeps on spinning.

  • crhylove

    Lol. Linux is going to win everywhere eventually. It already has. This is just more Apple cry baby crap. Maybe they should put suicide nets around the Apple executive boardroom too. No, on second thought, don’t bother.