Samsung gets review of loss to Apple
Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of smartphones, will get another chance to convince a U.S. trade agency that Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone and iPad infringe its patents.
The U.S. International Trade Commission said yesterday it will review "in its entirety" a trade judge's Sept. 14 findings that cleared Apple of claims the company violated four Samsung patents. The commission, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents, is scheduled to make a final decision on Jan. 14.
Samsung, with 140,000 patents worldwide on items including light-emitting diodes, computer-memory chips and televisions, filed its complaint at the trade agency in June 2011 as a counterstrike against Apple's accusations that its rivals are copying its technology.
The case is part of a global dispute between the two biggest makers of mobile devices as they fight for increased share of a $219 billion smartphone market.
Samsung needs a victory to help drag out litigation while it designs around the Apple patents, said ErinMichael Gill, managing director of MDB Capital Group LLC, a Santa Monica, California-based investment bank that specializes in patent issues.
"An exclusion order would be lose-lose for them" Gill said. "Samsung suppliers are being pushed to ensure their innovations are beyond what Apple has patented."