Samsung takes a bite out of Apple

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samsungWASHINGTON, DC – The international trade commission says some older apple products violate a Samsung patent.

This probably will not affect most apple or Samsung customers, though. It just means apple cannot import or sell AT&T compatible models of several iPhones and iPads.

In another patent fight last year, a jury said Samsung owed Apple more than a billion dollars in damages because several Samsung products infringed on Apple patents.

Apple has another big fight on its hands. This time with federal anti-trust charges.

The Justice Department says apple conspired with five book publishers to raise the prices of e-books back in 2009 and 2010.

Prosecutors say apple was the ringleader of a plan to let publishers set their own e-book prices, while giving apple a 30% slice of the pie.

Apple says the publishers came up with the plan, and the publishers have all settled out of court, leaving apple out on a limb.