Apple Wins Major ITC Ruling Over Samsung

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Bloomberg has just reported that Apple has scored a major victory over Samsung.

US International Trade Commission (ITC) Judge Thomas Pender  has ruled that Samsung infringes on four Apple patents including one for the design of the iPhone and one related to touch-screen technology co-invented by Steve Jobs.

Bloomberg reports:

Samsung Electronics Co. infringes four Apple Inc. (AAPL) patents, including one for the design of the iPhone and one for touch-screen technology co-invented by Steve Jobs, a U.S. trade judge said in a decision that gives Apple another legal victory over its biggest smartphone competitor.

Two other patents, including one for the exterior shape of the iPhone, weren’t infringed, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender said in a notice on the agency’s website.

The report notes that the decision of the U.S trade judge needs to be reviewed by a full commission. If the commission agrees with the judge’s findings then they have power to ban the sales of Samsung products infringing Apple’s patents from being imported into the US.

It wasn’t clear which Samsung products would be impacted by the ruling.

[via Bloomberg]

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