Samsung Legal Win Could Halt US iPhone 4 Sales

Samsung has won a patent battle against Apple that could see the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2 banned from sale in the US. The legal fight was centred on a patent relating to 3G standards, which Samsung has pledged to licence freely, reports The Guardian.

But according to the International Trade Commission, the patent was infringed by the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2.

While Apple claimed that Samsung failed to licence the patent on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (FRAND) terms, the ITC was having none of it. Apple will now appeal the verdict — it's claiming that it will have "no impact" on sales — but in reality the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2 could be banned from sale in the US. The iPhone 5 and 4S are unaffected by the decision. [Guardian]

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