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Apple did not violate Samsung patents—US trade judge
Apple did not violate patents owned by Samsung Electronics in making the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) said in a preliminary ruling yesterday. Apple and Samsung have taken their bruising patent disputes to some ten countries as they vie for market share in the booming mobile industry.
Apple won a landmark victory last month after a US jury found the South Korean firm had copied key features of the iPhone and awarded Apple US$1.05 billion in damages. ITC Judge James Gildea said Apple did not violate the four patents in the case. Samsung had accused Apple of infringement in a complaint filed in mid-2011. It asked for the infringing products to be banned from sale in the US. Apple has waged an international patent war since 2010 as it seeks to limit the growth of Google’s Android system. The fight has embroiled Samsung, HTC and others who use Android.
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