A UNITED STATES International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has ruled that Samsung infringed four Apple patents, following a Samsung victory in a Dutch court yesterday.
Judge Thomas Pender handed down an initial determination on Thursday, finding that Samsung infringed Apple design and software patents. The determination could lead to a ban on Samsung devices, although this must be approved by the full ITC before becoming finalised.
The case marks one of many for Samsung and Apple. It was brought to the ITC last July following failed peace talks between the two companies. Apple's filing asked the ITC to review six of its patents.
The ITC ruled in favour of Apple on four of the patents. The favourable Apple ruling is a blow against Samsung as it could lead to a sales injunction on the company's infringing products.
Judge Pender's ruling in the case says that Samsung infringed Apple patents numbered D618,678, 7,479,949, RE41,922, and 7,912,501. Patent '678 is a design patent that Apple filed in 2007. Patents '949 and '922 focus on display and image technology found in Apple devices. Patent '501, meanwhile, focuses on Apple's headset plug-in technology.
The ITC ruling adds to a growing list of Apple victories against Samsung in the US. An ITC judge also recently ruled that Apple didn't infringe Samsung patents. Samsung had filed that case at the ITC in the hopes of getting the Iphone and Ipad banned in the US. µ