Last October the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Samsung had infringed on several Apple patents and recommended that the products face an import ban. Today Samsung has won a small victory in the fight with the ITC agreeing to review the findings.
In December, Judge Pender who made the original October ruling gave additional guidance on his ruling outlining additional harsh penalties for Samsung, including bond posted for 88% of Samsung’s U.S. smartphone sales.
This ITC review is said to be for the entirety of the original ruling, however the panel asked the Judge to review the findings on only two of the four patents in question—translucent icons and a patent related to headphone jacks—not the patents related to the design of the front of the iPhone or the multitouch patent
Originally, a final decision and ruling was going to be made by March 27th, but in light of this review that date will be pushed back. There is no word on what the new date is.
The end result here is only a delay in the final decision. At some point, a final ruling will be made and both companies will have to deal with the consequences.
This ITC case is not directly connected to the $1 billion dollar judgement that Apple won last year which is also under appeal right now.
Scales of Justice by mikecogh from Flickr.