ITC Nixes Murata Patent In Samsung Capacitor Fight

Law360, New York (April 25, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that part of a Murata Manufacturing Co. capacitor patent asserted against Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd. was invalid, upholding a decision that the South Korean electronics company had not infringed its rival's patent.

Samsung's imported capacitors are used in a bevy of popular electronics ranging from cell phones to flat-screen televisions. In December, an ITC administrative law judge rejected the Japanese company's claims that Samsung's capacitors infringed three of its patents. Two months later, the commission agreed to review part...
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