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Samsung’s ITC Ban to Affect Older iPhone and iPad Models Only

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In a sales ban filed by Samsung to US International Trade Commission, it was confirmed that the declared standard essential wireless patents is only applicable to older iOS devices. That is because of the hardware changes that can be found in the latest iterations. Simply put, that proposed ban would affect limited number of iPhone and iPad models once enforced.

Samsung’s Limited ITC Ban on iOs Devices

According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, Samsung is seeking a US sales ban on AT&T versions of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPad 2 and iPad. The South Korean tech giant is asserting infringement of US Patent No. 7,706,348.

The said patent deals with the UMTS technologies, which can be found in particular cellular-enabled iPhone and iPad that use communications chip by Infineon. Based on the company’s filing:

Based on Samsung’s understanding, the current configurations of the iPhone 4 (CDMA version), iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 (CDMA version), iPad (third and fourth generations), and iPad Mini contain [REDACTED]. Accordingly, unless these devices are altered to incorporate [REDACTED], they would not be subject to an exclusion order or cease and desist order. Similarly, future devices incorporating [REDACTED] would not be subject to an exclusion order or cease and desist order.

Although the filing looks liking extending it to other carriers, Samsung admits that newer iPhone and iPad with a certain Qualcomm baseband chip won’t be affected.

Samsung’s ITC Ban Loophole

However, Apple is no longer offering the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and first-generation iPad. This means that the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 will be the only possible liabilities of ITC sale ban. Moreover, it may not even affect Apple’s handset lineup because of the current iOS cycle, which discontinues sales of iPhone models that are more than two years old.

Thus, Mueller believes that ITC is unlikely to issue a sales ban. However, he pointed out that is such action is executed; only the low-end Apple devices would be affected.

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