“An administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has sided with Apple in its patent complaint against Samsung,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“In an initial determination filed today, Judge Thomas Pender said that Samsung is, in fact violating one of Apple’s iPhone design patents, as well as three software feature patents,” Lowensohn reports. “However no violation was found with claims from two other Apple patents.”

Lowensohn reports, “The ruling, which could lead to sales bans of those products in the U.S., is preliminary and needs to be approved by the ITC’s full six-member commission… The Commission’s target date for a final determination is February 19, 2013.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Criminally slow, but better waaay late than never!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]