“Apple Inc. hasn’t had much to show for its two years of effort to prove Samsung Electronics Co. ‘slavishly copied’ its iPhone, as its top competitor became the world’s biggest smartphone maker,” Susan Decker and Peter Burrows report for Bloomberg.

“Its next chance at putting a dent in Samsung’s sales comes today, when a U.S. trade agency in Washington is to announce whether it will block imports of some of the Korean company’s phones,” Decker and Burrows report. “An import ban on some iPhone 4s starts at midnight Aug. 4 unless President Barack Obama intervenes, while an appeals court hears Apple’s arguments for banning Samsung products in a separate case Aug. 9.”

Decker and Burrows report, “Those three events could alter the balance in the global smartphone-patent battle — leaving one company in a better bargaining position, continuing the cycle of litigation or forcing both sides to the negotiating table. The fight is for more share of a market that grew 34 percent to $293.9 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”

“Apple filed the first salvo in April 2011, a month after the company unveiled the iPad 2 in what co-founder Steve Jobs dubbed the ‘Year of Copycats’ after those who sought to emulate the success of the iPhone and iPad,” Decker and Burrows report. “That case resulted in a San Jose, California jury deciding in August 2012 that more than two dozen models of Samsung devices infringed Apple features like the look of the iPhone, use of a pinching gesture and double taps to zoom into images. Despite the verdict, the trial judge allowed Samsung to continue selling the products, saying there was no direct link between those features and the reasons people buy smartphones.”

MacDailyNews Take: Then she strapped on her helmet, attached her drool cup and boarded her short bus.

Decker and Burrows report, “Apple is also looking to avoid disruption to its customers. It has asked Obama and the U.S. Trade Representative to overturn the ITC’s June import ban on some iPhone 4 models on the grounds Samsung is misusing patents in standardized technology used by the entire phone industry. Apple said that Samsung is violating its pledge to license standards patents on fair and reasonable terms.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s stunning and inherently sad that something this blatant takes this long to adjudicate.

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