An International Trade Commission (ITC) judge in the US has ruled that Samsung infringed on four Apple patents.
Judge Thomas Pender has laid down an initial determination which found Samsung violated both Apple design and software patents. The determination could lead to a US ban on Samsung devices, although this must be approved by an ITC commission before becoming finalised.
The latest case is just one of a many between Samsung and Apple. It was brought to the ITC last July following failed peace talks between the two companies. Apple's filing asked the ITC to review six of its patents.
The ITC ruled in favour of Apple for four of the six disputed patents. The ruling marks a major blow for Samsung as it could lead to a sales injunction on the company's infringing products.
Judge Pender's ruling in the case stated Samsung infringed on Apple design patents and ones relating to display and image, and headset plug-in technology.
The ITC ruling adds to a growing list of Apple victories against Samsung. An ITC judge also recently ruled Apple didn't violate Samsung-owned patents. Samsung had given that case to the ITC in hope of getting the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch banned in the US.
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