Sam­sung gets re­view of loss to Ap­ple

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Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co., the world's big­gest maker of smart­phones, will get an­other chance to con­vince a U.S. trade agency that Ap­ple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone and iPad in­fringe its patents.

The U.S. In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion said yes­ter­day it will re­view "in its en­tirety" a trade judge's Sept. 14 find­ings that cleared Ap­ple of claims the com­pany vi­o­lated four Sam­sung patents. The com­mis­sion, which has the power to block im­ports of prod­ucts that in­fringe U.S. patents, is sched­uled to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on Jan. 14.

Sam­sung, with 140,000 patents world­wide on items in­clud­ing light-emit­ting diodes, com­puter-mem­ory chips and tele­vi­sions, filed its com­plaint at the trade agency in June 2011 as a coun­ter­strike against Ap­ple's ac­cu­sa­tions that its ri­vals are copy­ing its tech­nol­ogy.

The case is part of a global dis­pute be­tween the two big­gest mak­ers of mo­bile de­vices as they fight for in­creased share of a $219 bil­lion smart­phone mar­ket.

Sam­sung needs a vic­tory to help drag out lit­i­ga­tion while it de­signs around the Ap­ple patents, said ErinMichael Gill, manag­ing di­rec­tor of MDB Cap­i­tal Group LLC, a Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia-based in­vest­ment bank that spe­cial­izes in patent is­sues.

"An ex­clu­sion or­der would be lose-lose for them" Gill said. "Sam­sung sup­pli­ers are be­ing pushed to en­sure their innovations are be­yond what Ap­ple has patented."

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