SAN FRANCISCO—South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Tuesday (June 28) filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple Inc. and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
Apple and Samsung have traded patent infringement litigation in multiple venues for the past few months. Apple initially sued Samsung in April, claiming that Samsung copied the look and feel of Apple products with its own smartphone and media tablet offerings. Samsung countersued Apple a few days later.
Samsung is a long time supplier to Apple that has served as a chip foundry for Apple's processors and supplied the company with displays and other products. Earlier this week, rumors again circulated that Apple was preparing to replace Samsung as its chip foundry with foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., presumably in relation to the patent infringement allegations.
Samsung's ITC complaint, addressed to ITC Secretary James Holbein, asks for an investigation of Apple under section 337 under the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930. The text of the complaint could not immediately be obtained.
Such complaints typically ask the ITC to bar the importation into the U.S. of products found to infringe the patents of the complainant. The ITC must still determine whether to investigate the complaint, and such investigations typically take more than a year.
The biggest problem is that the Galaxy products have a bigger and more brilliant display than the iPhone 4. As far as look and feel, it's Android versus IOS and nothing more than that. HP should sue them both..
I hope they can figure out a way to settle without such expensive litigation. I'm guessing the costs are somehow passed on to the customer. The focus should be on technology innovation and design, but I see how such tight competition and the collaboration and manufacturing of chips in the same places causes these types of issues. I think the general public is not aware that there actually patent trolls that look to start these types of talks all over the world. They often bully smaller suppliers. Also, with the demand for both Apple and Samsung products being so high, I really doubt the government will want to ban the sales. I think it is interesting that the complaints are just filed in the US...what about international law? Samsung and Apple products are all over the world. I would like to hear stories about this type of thing in other markets such as in Brazil or other well-populated and tech savvy areas.
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