Friday's a hot day in the Apple-Samsung patent wars
Still reeling from the U.S. Trade Representative's veto of its iPhone, iPad import ban, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is again considering a smartphone import ban, this time against Samsung.
The ITC is expected to rule Friday on whether certain Samsung smartphones should be blocked from the U.S. market because they infringe Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) patents, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Sound familiar. It should because the ITC ruled in June that Apple smartphones should be banned from the U.S. market because they violated Samsung patents. That ruling was overturned this month by the U.S. Trade Rep.
In addition, the two firms are battling out in a federal appeals court on Friday over a lower court's decision to allow Samsung to continue to sell a score of products that a jury found infringed Apple's patents. That verdict that resulted in a $1 billion fine against Samsung, fine that was subsequently reduced by $450 million.
As if this wasn't enough smartphone patent news for you, a federal appeals court ruled this week that the ITC erred last year when it dismissed Apple's claim that certain Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Motorola Mobility phones infringed two Apple touchscreen patents. The case now goes back to the ITC for further review.
This publication in the past has lamented the billions of dollars wasted on attorneys' fees and court costs with the hundreds of ongoing legal disputes taking place over smartphone technology. Patent-related spending by Apple and Google exceeded their research and development spending in 2011, according to public filings cited by the New York Times. And the patent disputes have only intensified since them.
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