Apple takes Samsung dispute to ITC

The iPad maker has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission seeking to prevent Samsung's key Android products from being imported into the US

Apple has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission that seeks an injunction to prevent Samsung's key Android smartphones and tablets from being imported into the US.

Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab

The iPad maker has filed a complaint with the ITC seeking to prevent Samsung's key Android products, such as the Galaxy Tab (left), from being imported into the US. Photo credit: Donald Bell/ZDNet.com

Bloomberg first reported the Apple ITC suit on Wednesday while Florian Mueller has examined the patents in question in a blog post. Apple has five technical patents and two design patents aimed at Samsung's Android army. Samsung also has an ITC lawsuit against Apple, while both parties are fighting legal battles in courtrooms around the world.

The two parties are also key business partners. Apple procures memory, screens and components from Samsung, while Samsung competes with Apple, which also happens to be the Korean company's largest customer.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Apple files ITC suit vs. Samsung: Can this marriage be saved? on ZDNet.com.


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