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Samsung Asks The International Trade Commission To Ban iPhone, iPad Sales

Samsung has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission to ban Apple from selling its iPhone, iPad and iPod devices in the United States.

The company claims that Apple’s products infringe on five of its patents and therefore should be banned in the United States, something which is not likely to happen, T3 (opens in new tab)reports.

The complaint stems from the on-going patent infringement battle going on between Apple and Samsung. Apple had first filed a lawsuit against the company for copying the designs from the iPhone in its Galaxy series smartphones.

Samsung fired back with a lawsuit of its own, screaming patent infringement. However, Samsung suffered a set back when the courts denied its request for examining the prototypes of Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices.

“Samsung will vigorously defend our intellectual property to protect our role as a leader and innovator in the mobile communication business in order to better serve our customers," Samsung said in a statement.

The legal battle between the two companies heralds the end of a long-standing business partnership between the two. Samsung provides the microchips that are used in Apple’s devices. Last year, the partnership brought $5.7 billion in revenue to Samsung.