Apple v. Samsung

Court:

  • Case Number: Inv. No. 337-TA-796

“Certain Electronic Digital Media Devices and Components Thereof”

Next Event: Awaiting full Initial Determination with remedy recommendation, and possible Commission review.  A Notice of Initial Determination was announced on October 24, 2012.  Final target date is February 19, 2013.

Summary:  Apple alleges that Samsung smartphones and other devices infringe on five Apple utility patents and two Apple design patents, and asserts that importation of these devices violates Section 337. Apple requests an exclusion order banning the importation and sale of the infringing products.  Samsung denies the alleged infringement.  An Initial Determination in the case is forthcoming.  This case does not involve any of the patents asserted by Apple against Samsung in the Northern District of California.

Timeline of Important Events:

  • July 5, 2011 – Apple files its initial complaint. (Document #453750).
  • August 30, 2011 – ALJ Bullock issues the procedural schedule. Hearings are set for May 31 – June 6, 2012, with the Initial Determination due October 5, 2012 and a target date for completion of February 5, 2013. (Document #458164).
  • September 1, 2011 – Samsung answers the complaint, denying the alleged patent infringement. (Document #458436).  Samsung asserts the affirmative defenses of invalidity, non-infringement, and lack of domestic industry, among others.
  • November 1, 2011 – Apple and Samsung file claim construction briefs.
  • November 7, 2011 – Commission investigative staff files claim construction brief.
  • March 6, 2012 – Newly assigned ALJ Pender issues an order with the final constructions of all patent claims at issue.
  • March 9, 2012 – Apple moves for partial termination of the investigation as to patent 7,863,533, and certain claims of patents 7,789,697 and 7,479,949.  The court granted this motion on April 17, 2012.
  • March 28, 2012 – Apple moves for summary determination that it satisfies the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement.
  • March 28, 2012 – Samsung moves for summary determination that patents 7,789,697; 7,912,501; RE41,922; and 7,479,949 are invalid.  In a separate filing, Samsung moves for summary determination that patents D558,757 and D618,678 are invalid.
  • March 29, 2012 –Apple moves for summary determination that it satisfies the technical prong of the domestic industry requirement.
  • May 31, 2012 – Hearings begin.
  • October 24, 2012 – ALJ Pender issues notice of an Initial Determination, finding a violation by Samsung of patents 7,479,949; 7,912,501; D618,678; and RE41,922 and no violation of patents 7,789,697 or D558,757.  The full Initial Determination with remedy recommendations is forthcoming. (Document #495351).  The ALJ also determined that a domestic industry does exist that practices or exploits 7,479,949; 7,912,501; D558,757; D618,678; and RE41,922.  The ALJ determined that a domestic industry does not exist that practices patent 7,789,697. (link for document is: http://usitc.gov/press_room/documents/337_796_ID.pdf)

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