ITC rules against Apple in patent dispute with Samsung

The U.S. International Trade Commission today reached a decision [PDF] in the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung case, ruling that Apple infringed on Samsung Patent No. 7,706,348, titled “Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system.”

It’s important to note that any sales ban that comes from this ruling will only affect older iPhone models. The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and future models will not be held up with this decision.



  • lucascott

    Apparently Apple has already filed, or at least announced they are going to file, an appeal

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/his-divine-shadow His Shadow

      Of course. Samsung is abusing the FRAND patent and SEP patent guidelines and agreements. The ITC may have actually harmed their standing as a neutral body by imposing sanctions against Apple that they denied to Apple when Apple won on non-SEP patent claims against Samsung.

  • Stephen

    If its only the patent for CDMA, and didn’t include the iPhone 4S and newer, then wouldn’t it only impact the iPhone 4? as the Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS were never available on CDMA networks… right?

    • rattyuk

      I think it has to do with who supplied the chip that did the work. Later chips have the license built in.

      • Fraydog

        It’s only on iPhone’s with Intel cellular basebands. Qualcomm’s basebands aren’t affected.

  • Tvaddic

    This also only affects AT&T models.