The two tech giants are no strangers to courtroom drama
A judge of International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favour of US based iPhone maker Apple in a lawsuit filed by South Korea based Samsung Electronics over infringing four its patented technologies in iPhone and iPad.
The current pending approval ruling marks Apple's second win over Samsung in a month following a US jury's ruling that the South Korean firm had infringed major iPhone features and awarded about Apple $1.05bn in damages.
Samsung reported in a statement that the firm is confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms its position that Apple must be held accountable for free-riding on its technological innovations.
"We are proud of our long history of innovation in the mobile industry and will continue to defend our intellectual-property rights," Samsung said.
In August 2011, Samsung had filed the lawsuit, which is under consideration against Apple, reproving the US phone maker of infringing five of its patents, while the lawsuit was then reduced down to four patents, following the Samsung's removal of a 2005 MP3music track technology patent.
The South Korean firm had also demanded ban of Apple's infringing products from sale in the US.
Apple has its own ITC complaint pending against Samsung which is scheduled for final ruling on 19 October 2012, seeking the salesban of Samsung's products in the US.
Both the firms, which collectively make about half the smartphones sold throughout the world, are involved in about 30 lawsuits in four continents.