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US judge imposes ban on old Apple iPhones and iPad following breach of Samsung patent

A US trade panel has found Apple guilty of infringing a Samsung patent. The International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that Apple violated a patent relating to Samsung's 3G wireless technology.

The ruling could signal a ban on sales of several models of the iPhone and iPad in the US. These devices include the iPhone 4, iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.

The guilty verdict overturned a September decision by the ITC's Judge James Gildea, who cleared Apple of the charges placed against it. However, this latest ruling could still be reversed by President Barack Obama, who must review all import-ban orders issued by the ITC.

Obama has 60 days to overrule the decision, meaning that Apple's products still have at least 60 days before they absolutely have to be removed from shelves.

Apple also plans to appeal the decision. Company spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, "Today's decision has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States."

This case is a new milestone in the lengthy battle between the two smartphone manufacturing rivals.

"We believe the ITC's final determination has confirmed Apple's history of free-riding on Samsung's technological innovations," read a Samsung statement after the delivery of the verdict.