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The US International Trade Commission (ITC) also banned the import or sale of the iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T.
ITC ruled that Apple had infringed on a patent owned by Samsung Electronics that involves the ability of devices to transmit multiple services simultaneously and correctly through 3G wireless technology. The most recent smartphone version covered by the ITC's decision is the iPhone 4, given away with a contract offered by carriers including Verizon Wireless, which is not affected by the ruling.
If the import ban goes into effect, U.S. customs agencies enforcing the ban could well end up delaying other Apple products because they have to look at every shipment coming from Asia.
This ITC's ruling overturned a decision by Judge James Gildea, who ruled in September that Apple did not violate patents at issue in the case. Samsung had also accused Apple of infringing on three other patents but the ITC found that Apple did not infringe those patents. ■