Proposed ITC Ban On Select Samsung Mobile Devices Enters Next Phase

By Joseph Palenchar On Aug 12 2013 - 9:30am




Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has 90 days to decide whether to uphold Friday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) vote to ban the import of select Samsung mobile products that Apple contended violated some of its patents.

Samsung is allowed to continue importing the affected products while the review is underway.

On Friday, the ITC ruled in favor of Apple on two patents on select devices but ruled against the U.S. company on others, including the basic cosmetic design of iPhones. Some Samsung products cited by Apple were not found to infringe Apple patents.

 The ITC didn’t specify the offending products, but an earlier ruling on the products in question by an ITC judge referred to older products such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Galaxy SII smartphone. One report said the latest decision affects the Transform SPH-M920 and the Continuum SCH-1400, both of which launched in the U.S. in 2010.

 The ITC noted that its ruling doesn’t apply to some Samsung products for which Samsung developed alternative designs.

The patents in question involve swiping a finger across a touchscreen and headphone jacks

A Samsung spokesman was unavailable at the time of this post.

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