Apple, Inc. (AAPL)'s patent complaint which seeks to block imports of Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S mobile phone and Galaxy Tab computer will be reviewed by the International Trade Commission (ITC). See also http://www.usitc.gov
The ITC, which is a quasi-judicial agency in Washington, D.C., arbitrates such trade disputes and announced on August 1, 2011 that it has instituted an investigation. The commission, which may take between 15-18 months to complete the review, has the authority to block imports of products which infringe upon United States patents.
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