Samsung Seeks Ban on Sale of Apple Products in U.S.
Thursday, June 30, 2021 10:27 AM

Samsung Electronics Co. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission in a complaint to prohibit Apple from importing its key products into the U.S. amid an escalating patent dispute.

The battle between Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung Electronics began  when Apple filed a lawsuit in California accusing Samsung of "slavishly" copying its iPhone and iPad designs.

In an attempt to gain some leverage against Apple’s lawsuit, Samsung had filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission over what it claims are Apple's violation of five patents held by Samsung, the South Korea-based company said Thursday. The complaint was filed Wednesday.

"The complaint requests relief in the form of a permanent exclusion order prohibiting entry to the United States of all Apple products in violation of these patents," Samsung said in a statement, adding that the items include the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iPod Touch.

Apple is moving toward seeking a preliminary injunction in the initial case, filed in April in a federal court in San Jose, Calif., which might limit Samsung's ability to sell its smartphones and tablet PCs in the U.S., its biggest market.

On the other hand, Samsung is playing smartly with its lawsuits against Apple, as it has countersuits pending in California, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. According to a law professor, having lawsuits in various countries is the best strategy, which is adopted by Samsung to protect its patents.

Shares of Apple Inc. were trading higher by 0.28 percent to $334.99 in pre-market trading on Thursday.