A preliminary ruling by an International Trade Commission judge has found Apple not guilty of violating Samsung-owned patents in the production of their iOS lineup. Samsung claimed that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch infringed upon four patents covering such technologies as 3G integration, the transmission of data packets, and the integration of web surfing into a mobile device. The complaint was filed last year and sought the ban of the offending devices in the United States.
The initial ruling is not the end of the road for Samsung, however. The full commission will meet in January to decide if the judge’s preliminary verdict will stand. Concurrently, Apple has a claim in with the ITC seeking to punish Samsung for violating several patents, mirroring a case the company recently won in California.