Apple, Samsung patent fight moves to trade panel

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Apple, Samsung patent fight moves to trade panel
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (L) and Apple's iPhone 5 are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Text-selection, plug-in detection re-heard.

A trade panel that specialises in patent cases will reconsider a split decision made by one of its judges in a long-running patent battle between Samsung Electronics and Apple.

The International Trade Commission said late Tuesday it would take a second look at an ITC judge's decision that Samsung had infringed one Apple patent for a text-selection feature in its smartphones and tablets.

It will also look at the judge's decision, made in March, that the South Korean company, which supplies some Apple chips, did not infringe a second patent which detects if a microphone or other device is plugged into its microphone jack.

A final decision is due on August 1.

The ITC is a popular venue for patent battles because it can ban imported goods from the United States if they are found to infringe patents.

Apple had filed a complaint in mid-2011, accusing Samsung of infringing its patents in making its Galaxy, Transform and Nexus mobile devices, among others.

The case at the International Trade Commission is No. 337-796.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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