ITC bans sale of iPhones, iPads they say infringe on Samsung patent

Shawn Knight

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The International Trade Commission has issued a ban on the sale of older iPhones and iPads in the US after it was discovered that select models infringe on a patent owned by Samsung. Infringing models include the iPhone 3G, 3GS,...

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MilwaukeeMike

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On one hand it's a good taste of poetic justice to see Apple have a phone banned after they successfully tripped HTC out of the gates by holding up their HTC One X for a couple months last year... just long enough for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be released.

However, when Apple was suing Samsung we all cried 'bogus' because no one who's spent anytime with an Apple or Samsung product would ever confuse the two. So again, I think this is bogus and a ridiculous way to do business... Beat your competition in the store and in the eyes of your customers, Apple, er.. Samsung, not in the courts.

And the iPhone 4? A little late isn't it?
 
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This is confusing - the patent mentioned is CDMA, but AT&T and all the early models mentioned were GSM based - that's what AT&T uses since they are a global provider and CDMA is mostly an American standard
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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Patent trolling is becoming really old really fast but it seems like an easy way to make money. It's about time somebody cracked down on this nonsense.
 
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Vrmithrax

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On one hand it's a good taste of poetic justice to see Apple have a phone banned after they successfully tripped HTC out of the gates by holding up their HTC One X for a couple months last year... just long enough for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be released.

However, when Apple was suing Samsung we all cried 'bogus' because no one who's spent anytime with an Apple or Samsung product would ever confuse the two. So again, I think this is bogus and a ridiculous way to do business... Beat your competition in the store and in the eyes of your customers, Apple, er.. Samsung, not in the courts.

And the iPhone 4? A little late isn't it?
Have to agree with the poetic justice part, but the comparison between Apple's suit (It looks too much like ours, the corners are rounded, block their sales!) and this lawsuit, which is actually over physical IP and methods, isn't really a fair pairing. I actually think it's rather ironic that Samsung answered Apple's frivolous "look and feel" patent trolling with a successful counter-suit over valid patentable technology. Too bad the results came back before it could really affect Apple's previous sales (and be an actual punishment for trolling), yet Apple successfully got frivolous injunctions that stopped Samsung's sales in other countries right away. Hard to teach someone a lesson when they get away with stuff too easily.
 

MilwaukeeMike

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Patent trolling is becoming really old really fast but it seems like an easy way to make money. It's about time somebody cracked down on this nonsense.

Not to split hairs, but Apple and Samsung aren't really patent trolls because they are trying to protect their own products. The term 'patent troll' at least in the context of the kind Obama is trying to get rid of, describes the law firms and companies that buy vague patents and then try to sue or collect royalties for those patents. They don't actually sell or produce anything, they just try to squeeze money out of others. Samsung and Apple applied for the patents themselves and have created products that use them, so at least they are walking a path that the system was intended for.