The ongoing legal war between Apple and Samsung continued today, with the International Trade Commission ruling that some Samsung products infringe upon a number of Apple’s patents.
The commission has levied an import ban against a number of Samsung products, including the Galaxy SII and the Galaxy Tab. That’s not as big a win for Apple as it would otherwise seem, since according to one analyst, the products at issue make up less than one percent of Samsung’s sales in the U.S.
The ban won’t take effect until after a 60-day presidential review period, when President Obama could veto the ban. While it’s unusual for a president to step in and block an ITC ban, the Obama administration did so earlier this month in a similar case involving Samsung suing Apple. However, that case involved standards-essential patents.
Samsung responded to the decision in a statement it provided to The Verge:
We are disappointed that the ITC has issued an exclusion order based on two of Apple’s patents. However, Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners. The proper focus for the smartphone industry is not a global war in the courts, but fair competition in the marketplace. Samsung will continue to launch many innovative products and we have already taken measures to ensure that all of our products will continue to be available in the United States.
Apple praised the ITC’s decision, saying:
With today’s decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s products. Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.