Samsung drops patent ahead of busy litigation week with Apple

“An ITC hearing on Apple’s complaint against Samsung started on Thursday (May 31), the ITC hearing on Samsung’s complaint against Apple will begin on Monday (June 4), and this coming Thursday (June 7), there will be two preliminary injunction hearings in the parties’ two federal lawsuits in the Northern District of California (one on Apple’s February 2012 PI motion against the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the other on a post-appeal motion against the Galaxy Tab 10.1),” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“Samsung had previously dropped some claims from a couple of its ITC patents. On Friday, the last business day before the ITC hearing on its complaint against Apple, Samsung filed an unopposed motion to withdraw from the investigation all claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,897,843 on a ‘device and method for storing and reproducing digital audio data in a mobile terminal’ (a non-standard-essential patent, unlime most of the patents Samsung asserts against Apple around the globe) and another claim (claim 77) from a patent that Samsung doesn’t withdraw completely (U.S. Patent No. 7,706,348 on an ‘apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system,’ an allegedly standard-essential patent),” Mueller reports.

Mueller reports, “As a result, there will be four patents at issue at the ITC hearing: two allegedly standard-essential ones (U.S. Patent No. 7,706,348 and U.S. Patent No. 7,486,644) and two apparently non-standard-essential ones (U.S. Patent No. 6,771,980 and U.S. Patent No. 7,450,114).”

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