ITC judge hands Samsung setback in patent case against Apple

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge with the International Trade Commission has denied Samsung’s request for a ban on U.S. imports of the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

It’s another setback for the South Korean company in a globe-spanning legal battle with Apple, where each accuses the other of patent violations.

The judge in Washington ruled Friday that Apple doesn’t violate four Samsung patents, saying the patents don’t apply to any U.S. industry.

That will make it harder for Samsung to press the case before the full trade commission, says patent litigation expert Florian Mueller.

Three weeks ago, a jury in California ruled that Samsung owes Apple $1.05 billion for violating patents on features of the iPhone and iPad.

Apple started taking orders for its new iPhone on Friday.