Samsung Electronics Co. “will get another chance to convince a U.S. trade agency that Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad infringe its patents,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. “The U.S. International Trade Commission said yesterday it will review ‘in its entirety’ a trade judge’s Sept. 14 findings that cleared Apple of claims the company violated four Samsung patents. The commission, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents, is scheduled to make a final decision on Jan. 14.”

Decker reports, “Samsung needs a victory to help drag out litigation while it designs around the Apple patents, said Erin-Michael Gill, managing director of MDB Capital Group LLC, a Santa Monica, California-based investment bank that specializes in patent issues… Samsung is a major supplier of iPhone components, so it wouldn’t benefit from an import ban, he said. At the same time, Gill said, Samsung wants to avoid having to pay high royalties, such as those HTC Corp. has reportedly agreed to pay under a 10- year licensing agreement with Apple.”

“Apple, which dominates the U.S. market, has its own case against Samsung at the trade agency that’s being considered by the commission,” Decker reports. “It also won a $1 billion jury verdict against Samsung in August in San Jose, California… Apple’s lawyers argue that their company revolutionized the smartphone industry when it introduced the iPhone in 2007, only to see Samsung and other companies offer handsets that imitate the iPhone’s look and unique features. Apple is targeting devices running on Google Inc.’s Android operating system.”

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