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Apple won a seemingly definitive triumph against Samsung in its patent-centric court struggle last year, but the legal back-and-forth is far from over. The Cupertino company asked the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. to enable a sales ban on particular Samsung gadgets earlier today, and now the International Trade Commission has ruled that a few of Samsung’s older devices break 2 of Apple’s patents.

The penalty? A ban on the importation and sale of those devices in the United States, need to the choice prove acceptable during a duration of presidential evaluation. Head of state Obama has the choice to overthrow the ITC’s choice in this case (an ability he took advantage of in the past, to Apple’s advantage), however unless he doings this Samsung and its U.S. subsidiaries can only remain to offer those gadgets for 60 days.

The ITC’s ban depends upon patents no. 7,479,949 and no. 7,912,501, which handle touchscreen heuristics and the capacity to identify when something is plugged into a headphone jack, respectively. The body also explored claims that those same Samsung gadgets violated four additional Apple patents which mostly took care of cosmetic concerns like the ornamental design of a smartphone and the capability to display translucent images, but the ITC ultimately discovered no violation there. Strangely enough, one of those 4 patents (no. 7,789,697 to be certain) appears thematically just like the earphone jack patent the Samsung was found to have infringed, but Samsung handled to avoid getting dinged a 3rd time.

Of course, we need to take age into account here – Apple and Samsung have been suggesting over the fate of these gadgets for many years now, which means Samsung’s bottom line probably will not be harmed too terribly if the head of state does not swoop in to rescind the ITC’s choice. We don’t yet have a complete list of the devices that fall under the ITC’s exclusion order, but The Verge reports that we are mainly looking at phones like the Samsung Continuum, Captivate, Fascinate, and the Galaxy S 4G. No one might blame you if you did not recognize any of those names: those gadgets are all pushing three years of ages, and it’s extremely unlikely that Samsung had any left sitting its in sales networks anyway. That said, the ITC’s ruling is last so there’s no chance for Samsung to appeal the decision even if it wanted to – it’s all up to a greater power now.

UPDATE: Right here’s Samsung’s official response on the matter:

“We’re disappointed that the ITC has issued an exemption order based upon two of Apple’s patents. Nonetheless, Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners. The correct focus for the smartphone market isn’t a worldwide war in the courts, but reasonable competition in the marketplace. Samsung will remain to launch lots of innovative products and we’ve already taken measures to guarantee that all our items will continue to be readily available in the United States.”

In case you have got a hankering for legal lingo, the complete ruling can be found below:

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