Samsung will get another chance to prove to the U.S. International Trade Commission that Apple’s iPhone and iPad infringe its patents. The trade agency said on Monday that it will review “in its entirety” a judge’s September 14th findings that said Apple didn’t violate four Samsung patents.
Samsung, with 140,000 patents worldwide on items including light-emitting diodes, computer-memory chips and televisions, filed its complaint at the trade agency in June 2011 as a counterstrike against Apple’s accusations that its rivals are copying its technology.
The commission has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents, and is scheduled to make a final decision on Jan. 14.
The case is just one small part of the global battle the two electronics giants are waging in both the courtrooms and markets around the world as they fight for their share of the $219 billion smartphone market.
Adam Yates, a spokesman for Samsung, told reporters “We remain confident that the commission will reach a final determination that affirms our position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on our technological innovations.”
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said the Cupertino, California-based company had no comment.
Apple has its own case against Samsung that is currently being considered by the commission. It recently won a $1 billion jury verdict against Samsung in a San Jose, CA courtroom. Both companies have racked up wins, and suffered losses, around the world. Apple has been most successful in it’s home country.