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August 1, 2011 / David Bleeker

Macs infringe S3 patents, could face U.S. import ban

A trade agency judge has ruled that some Macs infringe patents held by S3 Graphics and could be barred from the U.S., according to a decision made public Wednesday.

But U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Judge James Gildea also ruled that the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch do not infringe the S3 patents.

If the full six-member commission upholds Gildea’s decision, the ITC could block imports of Macs that are not equipped with graphics processors made by Nvidia.

Nvidia-equipped Macs are immune to the patent challenge, Gildea said. [read more]

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