Karma has hit Apple hard. After Apple filed suit against Samsung for incorporating vital iPhone features into Android smartphones, Samsung has now counter sued Apple for violating a 3G wireless technology patent.
The patent regarding 3G wireless technology only applies to the AT&T version of the device and affects a variety of Apple products being imported into the U.S. after assembly in China. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has stated it is banning the devices in violation of the Samsung patent including iPhone 4, 3GS and 3, as well as the AT&T 3G-connected versions of the iPad and iPad 2.
The [ITC] panel issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G, which are still made. IPhone 3GS and iPad 3G, which are no longer made, were also cited in the ruling,” according to USA Today.
The decision came as quite a shock for Apple seeing as a previous preliminary ruling from an ITC judge exonerated Apple completely. Nonetheless, Apple spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, stated that the company is determined to appeal the patent lawsuit and the recent judgment by the ITC “has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States.”
Lucky for Apple, the newest smartphone on the market, the iPhone 5, and the fourth version of the iPad are not being attacked because these devices use a different technology than previous ones on the market. Apple is even expected to retire a few affected models to make way for the next iPhone to join the family later this year.
Although Samsung is using a strategy which has been shot down by courts and regulators around the world, they are out for a bite of the Apple pie, taking every possible measure to block the sale of Apple products in violation of their 3G wireless technology patent.
Can Apple and Samsung coexist or are we doomed to choose?