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
Old iPhone, iPad Imports Banned in Patent Case
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.

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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." (Read more Samsung stories.)

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