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ITC says Apple infringed Samsung’s patents, sale of iPhone 4 may be affected

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for various Apple products as they have been found to infringe upon a few of Samsung’s patents.

In the cease-and-desist order, AT&T models of the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G were deemed to be infringing Samsung’s patents, and may soon be banned from sales.  The exclusion orders will be on President Barack Obama’s desk, during which he will have 60 days to review and approve or veto the orders.

The patent in question relates to the 3G technology and the ability to streamline multiple services at once.  As the iPhone 4 is still a solid handset and AT&T still relies on it to generate new contracts, Apple its partners will surely make an attempt or two at convincing regulators to throw out the orders.

Despite all of its victories domestically and abroad, Samsung’s penetration of the U.S. market is still in the works.  iPhone sales in the U.S. is still higher than any other brand, which includes the likes of Samsung and fellow Asian competitor HTC.

On the global front, Samsung is beating out Apple in just about every area.  The South Korea-based Samsung’s recent refresh of its Galaxy S 4 smartphone has seen incredible sales figure, with an astonishing 10 million units sold within less than a month.

Source: reuters


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