Apple wins ITC’s preliminary patent ruling against Samsung

Apple wins ITC’s preliminary patent ruling against SamsungSiding with Apple in the Apple-Samsung patent-infringement lawsuit, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) said in its preliminary ruling on Friday that Apple had not violated Samsung's patented technology in its iPhone and iPad tablet computer.

With Samsung having filed a complaint with the agency in mid-2011, accusing Apple of infringing on four of its patents in developing the iPhone and iPad, ITC Judge James Gildea said in a recent notice posted on the agency's website that Samsung's patented technology had not been violated by Apple.

The preliminary patent ruling by Judge Gildea in the case is conditional on a review by the full commission, which is authorized to block imports of devices which violate US patents.

According to Judge Gildea, the ITC case had not found any infringement by Apple of four Samsung patents; which chiefly pertain to 3G wireless technology, set-up of data packets for high-speed transmission, and integration of web-surfing and other functions with mobile phone functions.

In addition, the judge also said that Samsung's complaint had also not met the ITC-specific requirement of proving that the company had a domestic industry in which the patents-in-question were being used.

Meanwhile, in reaction to the ITC's preliminary verdict, Samsung spokesman Adam Yates said: "We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations."