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(LEAD) U.S. trade panel bans imports of some Samsung products
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By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that Samsung Electronics Co. infringed on two of Apple Inc.'s patents in making some smartphones and tablet PCs, largely old models.

   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.

   It is subject to a 60-day presidential review period and it will take effect if approved by the Obama administration.

   The ITC's decision represents yet another home-turf victory, albeit partial, for the Silicon Valley-based firm in its years-long patent war.

   In a preliminary decision in October, an administrative law judge at the ITC found Samsung had violated four valid Apple patents -- one design patent and three technical patents.

   But the ITC's highest-level decision-making body concluded that Samsung infringed on only two of them, related to touch screens and headset technology.

   It disagreed with an early judgment that Samsung violated two more Apple patents -- a design patent and a translucent images patent.

   The rival companies are engaged in legal disputes in about 10 countries.

   Apple narrowly escaped a sales ban on its iPhone 4 and iPad 2 last week, when President Barack Obama's trade representative, Michael Froman, vetoed an ITC ruling issued in June.

   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.