It’s a big day for Apple in court today, as the Cupertino-based company remains entangled in a massive web of litigation that seems to have ensnared the entire tech sector.
First, the company will be squaring off against the Justice Department in a hearing about possible remedies for the company’s practices in developing its e-book business, which a judge recently ruled were in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
The DOJ suggested sweeping changes to the way Apple does business, especially in the e-book market, while Apple called the government’s proposal “absurdly broad” and said that it should receive few sanctions as a result of the ruling in the government’s favor. Additionally, Apple says that it plans to appeal the antitrust ruling.
Second, the ITC will be ruling on a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Apple against Samsung. The ruling may include a decision to levy an import ban on some Samsung products, if the panel finds that the products are, in fact, infringing upon Apple’s intellectual property.
Over the weekend, the Obama administration announced that it had decided to veto an import ban that targeted certain models of the iPhone and iPad. While the two cases are very different, it remains to be seen if the veto will have any effect on the strength of sanctions leveled.
Moreover, as Microsoft has shown, the ITC levying an import ban does not necessarily mean that said ban will be enforced.
On a related note, Apple and Samsung are also appearing before an appeals court in Washington, D.C., where Apple is arguing that a lower court shouldn’t have allowed Samsung to continue selling devices that were found to have infringed Apple’s patents.
We’ll be bringing you ongoing coverage as news breaks on both stories.