Today is an important day for Apple and Samsung in the long-running patent war between the two companies.
The International Trade Commission will be ruling whether certain Samsung products infringed on Apple patents. If it does find Samsung guilty, it could ban the sales of its products in the U.S.
The ITC had earlier issued an order banning the sales of Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad 2, which was overturned by the Obama administration. So if ITC does ban Samsung products, there is still a chance that the Obama administration will overturn the ban again.
In another case, Apple and Samsung will be fighting it out in Federal court in Washington, D.C to argue whether Apple should get a permanent injunction against 26 Samsung products that a jury found infringed on Apple patents. The jury had ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion in damages for infringing on those patents. Judge Lucy Koh had reduced this by $450 million, and had also denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction.
Apple had appealed the ruling, setting the stage for today’s hearing in the appeals court.