Samsung Pays ITC to Keep Violating Apple Patents
The patent drama between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) continues. It seemed Apple had won the drawn-out battle on Friday, when the International Trade Commission ruled that some of Samsung’s products violate patents held by Apple. The ITC said that Samsung could continue selling those products if they paid a surety bond of 1.25 percent, which Samsung has done, FOSS Patents reported Thursday.
Apparently, Samsung is willing to pay a bond to the ITC in order to continue importing and selling the offending smartphones and tablets. Paying the bond buys Samsung some time as it forestalls any sales bans for another 60 days during a presidential review period. The bond is required so that Apple can be guaranteed damages if Samsung’s liquidity changes.
The two patents Samsung was found guilty of infringing are one for a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” which Apple wanted to refer to as “the Jobs patent,” and another for an “audio I/O headset plug and plug detection circuitry,” FOSS Patents reports.