Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has come out on the winner’s side in another legal tussle with main rival Samsung. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that the iPhone maker does not infringe on any of the four patents in question in the case and added that Samsung had not been able to prove that it had a domestic industry that used the patents.
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ITC Judge James Gildea made the comments in a notice posted on the agency’s website. Gildea’s findings are subject to review by the full six-member commission according to Bloomberg.
“We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations,” Samsung said in a statement. “We are proud of our long history of innovation in the mobile industry and will continue to defend our intellectual-property rights.”
Samsung had first filed its complaint in June 2011, alleging that several Apple devices violated two of its patents associated with transmission of data and two others related to device features. Of the second two, one is a feature to detect phone numbers in an e-mail or web page and the other relates to the movement of document display along with the user’s finger.
Three of the Samsung patents involved in the case were issued before the iPhone was first sold, and the fourth was bought by Samsung in 2009, Apple lawyers said. They added that Samsung was not within its rights to sue for the two data transmission technologies because they were part of standard-essential patents.
The latest result follows a jury verdict on August 24 that awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages after finding that Samsung copied the look and features of the iPhone.
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