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Apple loses patent ruling dispute with Samsung

2013 June 5

US ITC (International Trade Commission) ruled that Apple “infringed” Samsung’s patent. This could mean that some iPhone and iPad (older models) will be banned from sale in the US. courtroom-gavel

This particular patent fight involves 3G wireless technology and the ability to transmit multiple services correctly and at the same time. The Cupertino Firm said they plan to make an appeal for this case.

ITC’s ruling could also be reversed by a US Presidential order within the next 60 days.

The ITC panel ruling basically overturned ITC Judge James Gildea’s decision who then said (September) that “Apple did not violate the patents at issue in the said case”, this particular case has been filed nearly three years ago.

Samsung in a statement said: “We believe the ITC’s final determination has confirmed Apple’s history of free-riding on Samsung’s technological innovations.”

ITC also ordered all imports and sales on AT&T- sold models of the iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 3G, and iPad 3G. However, some of the said devices are no longer on sale in the US.

Now, import ban orders from ITC are subject to review by President Barack Obama. The President could overturn it, but overturning a ban order is a rare case.

The Cupertino Firm can still continue to sell the said models during the 60-day review period.

Kristin Huguet (Apple’s spokesperson) said in a statement: “Today’s decision has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States.”

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