updated 03:17 pm EDT, Fri April 5, 2013
Possible injunction waiting on full ITC commission
Samsung infringed on an Apple patent via a text-selection feature on some of its devices, the US International Trade Commission has ruled. Reuters reports that the decision was actually made on March 26th, but kept confidential until yesterday, so that Apple and Samsung could redact any sensitive business content. The patent specifically describes a "method and apparatus for providing translucent images on a computer display," and is related not only to the text selection in Android's web browser but translucent buttons in the OS' Photo Gallery app.
The March ruling is preliminary; only if the full ITC commission hands down a similar decision in August will various Samsung Galaxy, Transform, and Nexus devices theoretically face import bans in the US. Samsung has also scored a minor win, in that the ITC has ruled it didn't violate a patent for detecting if a microphone is plugged into a microphone jack.