According to Bloomberg Apple has won another legal victory against rival Samsung, this time in front of the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Samsung had gone to the ITC to block the importing of iPhones and iPads (from China) into the US on patent-infringement grounds.
Samsung claimed four patent violations by Apple. Administrative law judge James Gildea found that Apple didn’t violate any of the Samsung patents in question.
The decision is still preliminary; however it’s likely to stand. And it comes on the heels of Apple’s recent federal court trial victory against Samsung last month in San Jose, California. In that case a jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages for patent infringement. It was a lopsided outcome that saw almost every one of Samsung’s claims and defenses go down to defeat.
Halfway across the world in Munich Germany a court said that Google-owned Motorola Mobility will be compelled to empty the shelves of all its Android phones and tablets that infringe Apple’s “bounce-back” patent (utility patent 381), which was also at issue in the US Samsung trial.
In order to implement the decision in Germany, Apple will be required to post a sizable bond and provide a list of products it would like removed from the shelves in that country. Motorola has the right to appeal the decision but hasn’t indicated whether it will do so.