“The United States International Trade Commission (USITC, or just ITC) has given notice of a scheduling decision concerning the investigation of Samsung’s complaint against Apple,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“Originally, the U.S. trade agency was scheduled to hand down its final ruling on January 14, 2013, four months after Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea’s September 14, 2012 preliminary ruling that recommended the wholesale dismissal of Samsung’s complaint,” Mueller reports. “But in a determination signed on Friday (which entered the electronic docket of the case only today), it extended the target date for this investigation until February 6, 2013 — which would represent a delay of two and a half weeks.”

Mueller reports, “While the ITC can order an import ban, the question is whether it will disagree with others who have concluded that Samsung’s pursuit of injunctive relief is problematic. More than two months ago it also became known that the United States Department of Justice is investigating Samsung’s conduct.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]