US Bans Old iPad, iPhone Imports in Patent Brawl
Samsung scores big win in Apple feud
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2013 2:33 AM CDT
A US trade agency has issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – A big win for Samsung in its long-running patent feud with Apple: The US International Trade Commission has banned imports of the AT&T models of older Apple products including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G after deciding Apple violated a Samsung patent, the Wall Street Journal reports. Newer Apple products like the iPhone 5 are not affected by the ruling, which Apple says it is "disappointed" by and will appeal.

The ruling will take effect in 60 days unless it is vetoed by President Obama, a move analysts say is nearly as unlikely as the two companies deciding to settle their difference amicably. "There’s too much skin in the game now," a spokesman for technology research firm IDC tells Bloomberg. "It’s almost so ugly I don’t think they’ll come to any agreement. Both companies have a lot of cash and are generating a lot of money. It’s not like they have to worry about paying the legal bills."

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Jun 6, 2013 1:55 AM CDT
If you want a computer buy one. If you want a phone buy a long lasting Samsung for 15.00 and spend 40.00 dollars a month for as many minutes as you'll ever need.
Jun 5, 2013 11:39 AM CDT
I doubt anyone buys these two much anymore... I do wonder though, what patent was violated here?
Jun 5, 2013 4:09 AM CDT
It doesn't sound that bad to me. The iPad 2 is a super fuzzy piece of garbage that nobody wants. They already have 2 newer iPads that completely smoke it. And with the iPhone 6 coming out soon does Apple really need to keep selling a version of the iPhone that is two generations behind? Sounds like a symbolic victory for Samsung.