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Samsung Files Trade Complaint to Block All iPhone Imports

It appears the Apple versus Samsung legal dispute is elevating to another level. Previously, Apple sued the South Korean conglomerate alleging they were copying designs of the iPhone and iPad with their Galaxy line up of touch devices. Samsung has also demanded to see Apple’s unreleased iPhone 5 and iPad 3 prototypes.

Recently, reports surfaced Apple would be moving their chip production for their next generation “A6″ line to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 2012, which would result in Samsung losing their biggest customer:

Dan Heyler, a semiconductor analyst with Merrill Lynch in Taipei, told the China-based Commercial Times newspaper on Friday that TSMC will most likely be producing “A6″ processors for Apple, a next-generation ARM-based design, in 2012.

Today, Bloomberg reports Samsung has filed a trade complaint to the International Trade Commission yesterday to block US imports of the iPhone along with the iPad, and iPod touch. The ITC has the authority to block imports of any product found to violate U.S. patents. The question remains whether or not they will take up Samsung’s complaints. The five patents in question:

- ways to transmit multiple services over a wireless network
– the format of data packets used for high-speed data transmission
– integrating Web browsing into a phone
– a way to store and play digital audio
– viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display

“Each of the asserted patents is important to Samsung’s success in the highly competitive industry of mobile electronic devices by providing Samsung with features that are highly desirable to consumers,”

Any case taken by the ITC would result in a lengthy 15-18 month long legal case with a judge to hear arguments within a year.

FOSSpatents argues there are different value propositions at stake here. It’s more worthwhile and profitable for Samsung to defend its Galaxy line up since it’s a major brand, even if it means losing the contract to manufacture chips for Apple, a low margin business in its own right. For Apple, it makes more sense to find another supplier.

This legal war is far from over. Stay tuned.

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  • Anonymous

    “Each of the asserted patents is important to Samsung’s success in the
    highly competitive industry of mobile electronic devices by providing
    Samsung with features that are highly desirable to consumers,”

    ->  – viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display

    I really wonder if those guys are serious.

    Or they simply know they are trolls and want money(/block US imports).

  • Anonymous

    “Each of the asserted patents is important to Samsung’s success in the
    highly competitive industry of mobile electronic devices by providing
    Samsung with features that are highly desirable to consumers,”

    ->  – viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display

    I really wonder if those guys are serious.

    Or they simply know they are trolls and want money(/block US imports).

  • S3c0nd4ry

    Business is business etdashou, the industry is make it or break it.

    If you were a investor in Samsung, you would say, we need to defend our position against the potentially most difficult competitor; Apple. Who have most Canadian smartphone consumers tied around their finger.

    I LOVE my iPhone, and always will.. yet, we can not let Apple become the next Wal-Mart and destroy all the little competition. They will increase the price of their already expensive products, when they have exhausted all consumer alternatives.

  • Ari

    How could you even get a patent on “viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display”? It is a passive activity of the “user”, not the system and there is no description on the system responding in any way to the “viewing”.

    It should have been rejected unless if they at least rewrote it as “displaying digital documents using a touch sensitive display” because that is something that the device actual does.

  • Ari

    How could you even get a patent on “viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display”? It is a passive activity of the “user”, not the system and there is no description on the system responding in any way to the “viewing”.

    It should have been rejected unless if they at least rewrote it as “displaying digital documents using a touch sensitive display” because that is something that the device actual does.

  • NoobGuest

    Apple patents everything like years before they even unveil the idea, so anyone else who comes up with the idea and has no idea that Apple has already patented it is probably going to get sued. Wifi Sync anyone?

    That being said, “Viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display” is like saying “I created the TV, and now I will patent it so that no one else will be able to manufacture TVs so I will reap all the money! Muahahaha!”

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