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U.S. trade panel bans imports of some Samsung products
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that Samsung Electronics Co. infringed on Apple Inc.'s patent in making some smartphones and tablet PCs.

   In its final ruling, the International Trade Commission (ITC) placed a ban on the imports of those devices manufactured by the South Korean firm, accepting Apple's complaints.

   The move represents yet another home-turf victory for the Silicon Valley-based firm in their years-long patent war.

   In a preliminary decision in October, the ITC found Samsung had violated four valid Apple patents -- one design patent and three technical patents. The rival companies are engaged in legal disputes in about 10 countries.

   The ITC is an independent and quasi-judicial body that determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directs actions against unfair trade practices.