Apple Samsung smart phone war continues

The Financial Review has reported that some older Samsung Electronics mobile devices face a sales and import ban in the United States after a US trade panel ruled for Apple in a high-profile patent infringement case.

The US International Trade Commission on Friday ruled that South Korea’s Samsung infringes on portions of two Apple patents on digital mobile devices, covering the detection of headphone jacks and operation of touchscreens.

The decision is likely to inflame passions in the long-running dispute and could spark a rebuke from South Korea.

The panel moved to prohibit Samsung from importing, selling and distributing devices in the United States that infringe on certain claims on the patents. It is unclear how many Samsung phones and devices would be subject to the ban.