ITC Bans Imports Of Older AT&T iPhones, iPads After Major Samsung Patent Win

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Following a win by Samsung in the International Trade Court claiming that older Apple devices violate one of its patents, the ITC has issued an import ban on iPhone 4, iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G devices that run on the AT&T network.

The patent in question was Patent No. 7,706,384, which is called an “apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system.”

Apple and Samsung have been fighting over this patent for some time, with Apple claiming that the patent was “standards essential.” Apparently, Apple did not succeed.

The ban won’t go into effect immediately, but when it does, this can only overturned by the White House or Federal Circuit Courts.

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  • technochick

    interesting because that same patent now is SEP. So either that changed right after these items released or it always was and there’s another issue in here.

    would be nice if just once CoM sorted out all the facts

  • Adrayven

    Not sure it’s worth fighting. Only one really worth anything is iPhone 4, and thats due to go away by Sept anyway. If ban does not go into effect by Sept, then I think they should just shrug and move on..

  • technochick

    Not sure it’s worth fighting. Only one really worth anything is iPhone 4, and thats due to go away by Sept anyway. If ban does not go into effect by Sept, then I think they should just shrug and move on..

    But apparently Apple has already filed an appeal.

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