Samsung and Apple and more patent talk. This particular case stems back to mid-2011 when Apple accused Samsung of infringing on several patents. This complaint originally included seven patents, however one was quickly dropped from the group. Of the six remaining, it was determined that Samsung infringed on four of them. On the flip side, that meant Samsung did not infringe on those remaining two patents.
Anyway, that ruling arrive as a preliminary decision back in October and was handed down by ITC Judge Thomas Pender. Since then it looks like some of this has been looked at once again. In this case, we now have word on two patents. The ruling for this latest look was handed down back in March and unsealed this week. In short, it looks like Samsung has infringed on one, but not the other.
This latest ruling has Samsung guilty of infringing on a patent dealing with text-selection and as being not-guilty on a patent dealing with the microphone jack. The microphone jack patent touched on the device being able to detect if a microphone or other device is plugged into its microphone jack.
While we have these decisions, this is still not the final outcome of this case. As of now a final decision is expected to arrive in August. Basically, the commission now has to determine whether to uphold or overturn the judge’s ruling. And if upheld Samsung could face an import ban on several handsets.[via Reuters]