Once again Samsung and Apple are fighting it out in court.
In the latest of these Apple has won, partly, as a US International Trade Commission judge has stated that Samsung has infringed four od Apple’s intellectual property patents. However, this is only a preliminary hearing.
The specific patents include one relating to the front face of the iPhone and another for touch-screen technology. This is another win for Apple as they were awarded $1.065 billion in damages by a jury back in August.
Now that the judge has given his ruling the case will go in front of a full commission which is scheduled to conclude in February. The judge stated that four of Apple’s patents have been violated by Samsung but two others that had been listed by Apple had not been infringed.
Of the patents that have been upheld are three for the software and one for the hardware. The Samsung products in question are not the latest models so this would not affect many of the handsets on sale. The International Trade Commission could enforce a ban on the import of the phones and Samsung have repeatedly argued that any ban would limit the choice and raise prices for consumers.
The two companies have been in legal cases in more than 10 countries each accusing the other of violating patents; this is due to them battling for market share.
But, will it ever end?