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NewsPoster Apr 5, 2013 03:19 PM
ITC rules Samsung violated Apple text-selection patent
Samsung infringed on an Apple patent via a text-selection feature on some of its devices, the US International Trade Commission has ruled. <em>Reuters</em> reports that the decision was actually made on March 26th, but kept confidential until yesterday, so that Apple and Samsung could redact any sensitive business content. The patent specifically describes a "method and apparatus for providing translucent images on a computer display," and is <a href="" rel='nofollow'>related</a> not only to the text selection in Android's web browser but translucent buttons in the OS' Photo Gallery app.<br />
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The March ruling is preliminary; only if the full ITC commission hands down a similar decision in August will various Samsung Galaxy, Transform, and Nexus devices theoretically face import bans in the US. Samsung has also scored a minor win, in that the ITC has ruled it didn't violate a patent for detecting if a microphone is plugged into a microphone jack.<br />
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