ITC gives Samsung some hope in their ongoing legal battle against Apple
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The ITC (International Trade Commission) in the US announced on Monday, 19 November 2012, that they will review the judgment that was previously passed down by one of their own judges in September of this year. ITC Judge James Gildea ruled that Apple had not infringed patents involved in their lengthy legal battles against Samsung. However, the ITC has now agreed to look into the case again, which could see Samsung emerging victorious.
The patents under discussion are a patent for CDMA technology, a patent covering packet transmission on wireless devices, a patent covering dialing on a smartphone and a patent for digital documents. Should Apple lose this court battle they would have to remove devices such as the iPad, iPod and iPhone from sale in the USA.
Ironically, Samsung are one of Apple's major suppliers, providing hardware such as memory, screens and processors to the Cupertino-based company. Unsurprisingly, in light of the court drama, Apple has reduced its orders with the South Korean firm.
Apple has been ahead in this complex case recently, having been awarded $1.05 billion in damages against Samsung in August, a verdict which is currently under appeal. There is no love lost between the two companies, with Steve Jobs once saying he wanted Apple to wage "thermonuclear war" on Android, which Samsung has helped champion.