The full text of Apple’s complaint, submitted to the ITC on Tuesday, was not available as of this writing, but if the commission does agree to investigate, a full hearing would likely be held anywhere from 15 to 18 months from now.
Of course, this is just the latest move in the dispute between the two companies, which began in April when Apple sued Samsung in a California district court for supposedly copying the design of the iPhone and iPad with its smartphones and tablets, including the Nexus S, Galaxy S 4G, and Galaxy Tab.
So where does this latest move leave us? Well, based on Apple’s legal wranglings with other companies—HTC, Motorola, Nokia—we’re probably in for a long haul as all the various legal proceedings get resolved. Filing complaints with the ITC seems to be more of a formality than anything, so don’t expect Samsung or Apple’s products to be yanked off shelves any time soon. The two companies are far more likely to settle before it gets close to that stage. Right now, they’re just jockeying to see who ends up with the bigger piece of the pie.
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