It certainly seems that there is no end in sight for the various court battles between smartphone manufacturers Apple and Samsung. The two companies have been at war over a number of patent disputes for a few years now, but the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 August ban is a surprise twist for Samsung.
iPhone maker Apple has asked the US ITC to halt a ban on the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 until it has lodged an appeal, as the ban is set to come in to effect on August 5th following a sixty day review period by US President Barack Obama.
If the ban does come into place Apple will lose sales of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, and while many would think that this ban would make much difference now the two devices are still offered as entry level products on a number of the country’s carriers.
The ITC ruled back on June 4th that Apple had infringed a Samsung patent that covers apparatus and method for encoding and decoding of mobile communications. It covered a number of AT&T models that also included the iPhone 3, 3GS, and iPad 3G. The ITC did find that Samsung didn’t prove that three other patents were broken by Apple.
This is a bit of a surprise for Samsung as most for the ongoing cases have so far found in Apple’s favour except the odd one or two, and this ruling has been met with a variety of comments suggesting it serves Apple right. Others believe that the US government like Apple too much for the ban to be upheld.
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Source: PC World.