Samsung Legal Win Could Halt US iPhone 4 Sales

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Samsung has, to some surprise, 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 license freely, reports the Guardian. But according to the US International Trade Commission, the patent — US patent 7,706,348 — was infringed by the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2.

While Apple claimed that Samsung failed to license 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, and once that happens the rest of the world might be targeted, along with newer models. The iPhone 5 and 4S are unaffected by the decision, for now. [Guardian]