Apple gets upper hand if favored in upcoming patent ruling
On Friday, the International Trade Commission will decide whether it would support a preliminary finding that the mobile products of Samsung infringed a handful of patents of Apple. A ruling against the South Korean company would lead to an import ban on Samsung's mobile devices in the US.
A decision that would favor Apple could result to a surge in the Cupertino, California-based company's global market share. It would also be Apple's second key legal win versus Samsung after US President Barack Obama vetoed the commission's ban on Apple products last Saturday.
Last year, Apple was awarded US$1 billion in damages for mobile patent infringement against Samsung. A judge decreased the award to US$599 million, although the amount was expected to increase again as the current patent case filed by Apple goes on in court.
According to the International Data Corporation, during the second quarter, Android phones made up nearly 80% of the international smartphone shipments, up from under 70% in 2012. Subsequently, Apple's iPhone only accounted for 13.2% of the total smartphone consignments while Samsung's share of the market was around 30.4%.