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August 12, 2013

Samsung products banned after Apple patent case

South Korean firm found to have unfairly used Apple technology in some of its products.

By CBR Staff Writer

Samsung products have been banned after a lawsuit found that the South Korean firm had infringed two Apple patents.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has banned the sale and import of some products manufactured by Samsung after the finding, but dismissed four other claims made by the iPhone maker.

Both Samsung devices cited by the commission in its ruling were 2010 models which include the Continuum SCH-1400 and the Transform SPHM920.

An ITC spokesperson said: "The commission has determined that the appropriate remedy is a limited exclusion order prohibiting Samsung from importing certain electronic digital media devices that infringe one or more of Apple’s patents."

An Apple spokesperson told the Financial Times: "With today’s decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s products. Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about."

Samsung spokesman Adam Yates said the company was disappointed by the court’s ruling.

Yates added: "Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners."

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Earlier this month, the US government lifted a ban on sales of certain Apple products in the country.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a decision made by the ITC in June, which banned the imports of older iPads and iPhones because Apple had violated Samsung’s patents on wireless technology.

Apple and Samsung are involved in a global legal battle over smartphones in four continents with about 30 lawsuits.

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