U.S. ITC judge rules Samsung infringed on Apple’s patented intellectual property

“An administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has sided with Apple in its patent complaint against Samsung,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“In an initial determination filed today, Judge Thomas Pender said that Samsung is, in fact violating one of Apple’s iPhone design patents, as well as three software feature patents,” Lowensohn reports. “However no violation was found with claims from two other Apple patents.”

Lowensohn reports, “The ruling, which could lead to sales bans of those products in the U.S., is preliminary and needs to be approved by the ITC’s full six-member commission… The Commission’s target date for a final determination is February 19, 2013.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Criminally slow, but better waaay late than never!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]


  1. It’s all about risk versus reward. If the headache (risk) isn’t big enough to dent the money Samsung is bringing in (reward) by copying Apple’s designs and software, then Samsung will continue with its slavish copying. With that being said, I hope it’s a migraine!

  2. How does this prevent innovation? You mean prevents copying and stealing?
    Why shouldn’t ANY company protect their hard work?
    If Apple infringe on someone else’s patents, I would expect them to have to pay for it too…

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