THE UNITED STATES International Trade Commission (ITC) released a preliminary ruling on Friday that Samsung infringes an Apple patent relating to a text selection feature in some of its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
In the latest twist in Apple's and Samsung's ongoing patents battles, ITC Judge Thomas Pender ruled that Samsung infringes an Apple patent relating to a copy and paste method, following a complaint filed by Apple in 2011. The judge said the decision was reached on 26 March, according to Reuters, but was kept confidential until last week.
The full commission must now decide if it will uphold Judge Pender's decision, and a final decision is apparently due in August.
If the ruling is upheld, any Samsung device found to infringe the patent might be banned from import to the US, although Samsung would likely roll out updates to prevent devices from infringing the patent. Apple said that devices that infringe the patent include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the US-only Galaxy Transform.
It's not all bad news for Samsung however, as the ITC found that Samsung does not infringe an Apple patent relating to the way a device detects whether a microphone is plugged in.
These ITC rulings aren't all Samsung has to worry about, though. Apple recently called for a US judge to increase the amount of damages awarded from Samsung by $85m, despite already being set to receive $600m from its Korean rival.
Neither Apple nor Samsung were available for comment at the time of publication. µ