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Panel to review split ruling in Apple, Samsung patent fight

Published on May 29, 2013 11:23 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - 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 Co Ltd and Apple Inc.

The International Trade Commission said late on Tuesday that 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.

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