US trade commission rules for Samsung in Apple patent dispute Cynthia Miley at 11:56 AM ET
[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] on Tuesday issued a limited import ban [text] and a cease-and-desist order against Apple for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after finding the devices violate a patent held by Samsung Electronics [corporate websites]. The ruling states that Apple violated one of Samsung's patents on two different claims dealing with encoding and decoding a wireless protocol. The ban ends Apple's ability to sell these devices [AP report] in the US since the devices are assembled in China. President Barack Obama can invalidate the order within 60 days. Apple has stated that it will appeal the ruling.
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