NEW YORK—The U.S. International Trade Commission Tuesday (June 4) issued a ruling that would prevent Apple Inc. from importing its several models of its iPad media tablet and iPhone smartphone into the U.S.
The ruling, based on a complaint made by South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., finds that several iPad and iPhone models—including iPhone 4—violate several claims of a patent held by Samsung. U.S. President Barack Obama has 60 days to overturn the ruling.
The ITC ruling, which largely backs an initial ruling made by one of its administrative law judges, also finds that Apple's products do not violate other patents asserted by Samsung.
Apple is likely to appeal the ruling.
Apple and Samsung have been engaged in patent battles in many parts of the globe for the past two years. The legal wrangling has strained the relationship of the long-time partners.
Are the "3" models still being imported and sold? If not, that would certainly reduce the impact of the ruling. Regardl3ess, I'll be really surprised if it ends up going into to place. I suppose it does happen, but t seems pretty rare that a product so popular from such a big company would actually be turned away at the border.
Actually, the iPad 4 was not among the products listed in the ruling. Please forgive the error. The products listed were:
iPhone 4 (AT&T models); iPhone 3GS
(AT&T models); iPhone 3 (AT&T models); iPad 3G (AT&T models); and iPad 2 3G (AT&T
The ruling can be viewed here:
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