Samsung could be infringing on another Apple patent

You remember the legal battle between Samsung and Apple that dominated tech news in 2012, right? It's probably one of the most extensively covered legal battles in the tech sector, and it looked to have ended with Samsung getting fined.

Well, here we go again. Case 337-796 with the International Trade Commission has Samsung infringing on Apple's turf, an ITC judge has confirmed. If you don't know that specific case (don't be surprised, we didn't either), it's the one about text-selection tools.

Devices that infringe on this are the Galaxy line-up of handsets, Samsung's Transform models and even the Galaxy Nexus. A full ITC commission is set to decide whether to uphold or overturn the judge's decision, but if they uphold it all those devices can be banned from importation into the United States.

It doesn't seem like this is the only time 337-796 has been mentioned. Business Insider has an article dating back to September 2012 that makes reference to it. Finding documentation on the case isn't too easy at the moment - plugging the number into Google brings up info on the US auto industry from 1989 until 1990.

Source: Reuters

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If Apple got out of the court room and back into the labs, they might not have to settle for an interface that is seven year old. Next innovation.... iPhone 5S .... NOT!

IndyLateNite said,
If Apple got out of the court room and back into the labs, they might not have to settle for an interface that is seven year old. Next innovation.... iPhone 5S .... NOT!
theios ui is 20 years old. Its the same ui on the newton...and many other devices

Well, I believe the latest Sony Xoeria Z/ZL also has this apple look alike text selection technique. So don't just blame on Samsung! Why not sue everyone that used that text selection technique.

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,
Well, I believe the latest Sony Xoeria Z/ZL also has this apple look alike text selection technique. So don't just blame on Samsung! Why not sue everyone that used that text selection technique.

Yea. Practically every Android device since like 2.3 I think, has had that same text selection method. Why does Apple suddenly care now, like 3yrs later?

i hope Apple burn LOTs of money on legal battles,
doing so will enrich American Lawyers, and other law related workers,
and that means less money for new inovation.

Lprd2007 said,
OMG yes! I hope Apple makes Crapsung go bankrupt!

Competition is good for customer, patent war isn't. Although, i am totally against copying each other's ideas and look and feel. At first i thought whole android is a copy of ios, but is not the case anymore. Samsung is not innovating company, and its not just apple they copy from. They copy from nokia too. Nevertheless, its existence as a competitor is good in the market. So as a consumer, i like this caring about originality at some extent but destroy a line of product not at all.

It seems bizarre that a company could be granted a patent for slide-to-unlock when it's simply a touch version of a traditional bolt lock - there is no actual innovation.

LUTZIFER said
That will probably be the nest American TV Series... Patent Wars.
Yeah, and who will the cast be. I know for sure that Apple will definitely be on the list.