U.S. ITC probes chip patent cases

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U.S. ITC probes chip patent cases

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which moved to impose trade barriers against South Korean washing machines, said Sunday it will investigate alleged violation of patents by Samsung Electronics of its chip industry.

“The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to institute an investigation of certain wafer-level packaging semiconductor devices and products containing them,” the watchdog said.

“The products at issue in the investigation are cellular phones, tablets, laptops, notebook computers and cameras that include wafer-level packaged semiconductor components,” it added.

The ITC said the move is in response to the complaint filed by Tessera Advanced Technologies that’s aimed against Samsung Electronics.

“The U.S. ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time,” it added.

Under existing rules, the ITC can issue a ban on importing products that infringed U.S. patents. In 2013, the watchdog issued a ban on a handful of Samsung products, including the Galaxy S, saying they violated patents held by Apple.

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