THE UNITED STATES International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to review a recent administrative court ruling that found that Apple did not infringe four of Samsung's patents.
Although an ITC judge ruled in Apple's favour last September, the commission has decided to review the case following lobbying by Samsung. The ITC commissioners' decision will continue a lengthy patent infringement trial between the two mobile technology heavyweights.
"Samsung is pleased that the Commission has agreed to review the initial determination in its entirety," Samsung said in a statement to The INQUIRER.
"We remain confident that the Commission will reach a final determination that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations. We are proud of our long history of innovation in the mobile industry and will continue to defend our intellectual property rights."
ITC officials will now speak with Samsung and Apple executives in an attempt to learn if the original ruling was justified. If the ruling is determined to be valid, a committee of six ITC officials will take the Apple v. Samsung case back to court.
Samsung initially filled its ITC complaint against Apple last August. The Galaxy Note maker accused Apple of infringing four of its mobile phone patents.
By September, ITC Judge James Gildea ruled against Samsung in a preliminary ruling. Judge Gildea's preliminary ruling met with an angry response from Samsung. The Korean technology giant said at the time that it expected the ruling to be overturned by January 2013.
The ITC case is just one of many in the global war of patent infringement cases in which Samsung and Apple continue to be engaged. Samsung recently added the Iphone 5 to a separate patent infringement lawsuit going on in the US. µ