“An October 24, 2012 preliminary ruling that held Samsung to infringe four Apple patents could have more drastic consequences for Samsung’s U.S. business than previously known,” FLorian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “If the U.S. trade agency affirms the judge’s findings of violations (which the ITC staff supports across the board) and adopts his recommended remedies, Samsung faces the following draconian combination of sanctions.”

• a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision,

• a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and

• the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period.

Much more in the full article here.