ITC Puts a Hold on Apple-Samsung Decision

courtroomThe U.S. International Trade Commission has delayed its decision regarding a U.S. import ban on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices that Samsung (SSNLF.PK) alleges contain patent-infringing technology. The ITC was expected to make a final decision on the case by Friday, May 31 but has now delayed its decision until Tuesday, June 4. The ITC gave no reason for the four-day delay.

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Although a preliminary ruling found that Apple had not violated Samsung’s patents, the final ruling must come from the full commission. The technology at the center of Samsung’s complaint is related to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, or UMTS, and is found in Apple devices that utilize an Infineon communications chip.

However, even if the commission decides in favor of Samsung, any potential import ban would only affect the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the original iPad. There are also certain versions of the iPhone 4 and the second-generation iPad that could be affected.

In other words, any possible import ban would not even affect Apple’s latest generation of devices. According to Apple Insider, the newer versions of the iPhone and iPad utilize a Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) chip that does not fall under Samsung’s patent-infringement claims.

This patent fight can be viewed as a proxy battle in the larger war that Apple and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) are waging against each as the makers of the two most popular mobile operating systems. Apple uses its iOS platform for its devices while most other competitors in the mobile device market utilize Google’s Android operating system.

Apple closed down 0.41 percent, or $1.85, at $449.73 on Friday. Here’s how Apple has traded over the past week.

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