The U.S. International Trade Commission will take a look at the ruling given in a patent-infringement case between Apple and Samsung. The ruling was made by Judge Thomas Pender who found Samsung’s various mobile devices had violated one of the iPhone’s design patents, along with three software patents.
Samsung wasn’t happy with the initial ruling, stating that the result could reduce innovation in the smartphone market and push prices upwards. They believe that an ITC review will find Samsung to be clear of any violations. They also consider the iPhone design patent violation was silly as it covered a rectangle phone with curved corners.
Apple and Samsung are fierce rivals in the smartphone market – combined they control over half the smartphone market in the U.S. and make 99% of the profit in the market combined. They regularly battle each other in court rooms as their products tend to be quite similar. At the moment neither side seems to be winning – for example, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in Germany but in the UK Apple was forced to take out advertisements in newspapers declaring that Samsung hadn’t copied the iPad design with their Galaxy Tab. At the moment the two companies are in a $1 billion lawsuit against each other.