According to the International Trade Commission trade panel, Apple did infringe some of Samsung’s patents. This means that some older iPhone and iPad models will be banned from sale in the US.
The patent in question involves 3G wireless technology and the ability to transmit multiple services correctly and at the same time. Apple in turn said that they plan to appeal this decision.
The new ITC ruling could also be reversed by the President via a Presidential order within the next 60 days. However, it is a rare case for the President to overturn an ITC ruling.
The trade panel basically overturned Judge James Gildea’s decision back in September. According to the said Judge, Apple did not infringe the patents at issue. This case was filed nearly three years ago.
In a statement Samsung said: “We believe the ITC’s final determination has confirmed Apple’s history of free-riding on Samsung’s technological innovations.”
The commission also ordered all sales and imports on AT&T sold iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 3G, and iPad 3G models. Some of the said devices are no longer available in the US today.
Apple can still continue to sell said models during the 60-day review period.
Apple’s spokesperson Kristin Huguet said in a statement: “Today’s decision has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States.”