Apple fends off Samsung challenge in US trade panel
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Apple prevailed Friday at a United States (US) trade panel in a patent infringement complaint filed by South Korea's Samsung over wireless communication technology for the iPhone and other Apple devices.
A judge at the US International Trade Commission, a quasi-judicial agency which investigates trade complaints, found "no violation" by Apple of the patents for wireless communication devices and tablet computers, said a statement on the preliminary ruling.
The ruling by administrative judge James Gildea is subject to review by the full commission.
It was the latest victory for Silicon Valley-based Apple, which last month won a massive patent lawsuit against Samsung in a California court, which ordered Samsung to pay more than US$1 billion for patent infringement.