“Administrative Law Judge James E. Gildea just issued his preliminary ruling on Samsung’s ITC complaint against Apple. At this stage of the investigation, four Samsung patents, including a couple of allegedly standard-essential ones, are at issue.,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“Judge Gildea identified no violation with respect to any of the asserted claims of the four patents,” Mueller reports. “He furthermore concluded that no domestic industry exists for any of the four patents. The domestic industry requirement is indispensable for ITC complainants — without it, there is no way to win an import ban.”

Mueller reports, “…This is not going to be easy for Samsung to win. The final decision is due in four months. Apple also brought an ITC complaint against Samsung. A preliminary ruling on that one is due on October 19.”

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