Judge Thomas Pender said that Samsung violated four patents of the seven originally alleged by Apple (one of which was dropped during litigation) in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) last year.
The patents Samsung is found to have infringed cover a touchscreen's interpretation of a users actions while scrolling or switching between apps, and a patent that enables a device to overlay a translucent image over another image on the screen.
The International Trade Commission will now decide in February whether to uphold or reject the decision by the judge.
So much litigation is on-going between Apple and manufacturers of Android-based devices that hardly a day goes by without an event somewhere in the world. Apple and Samsung are currently battling in ten countries, with decisions falling to both on different aspects of their patent war.
The two firms have done a lot of business together over the years, with Samsung being a provider of chips that power Apple's iOS devices, memory chips that are inside them and their screens. Apple's main beef however, is with Google, who is behind the Android push into the market.
Written by: James Delahunty @ 24 Oct 2012 19:51