The escalation continues in the dispute between Apple and Samsung, with the Korean conglomerate now asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
If the ITC agrees to investigate such a complaint (which is pretty certain to happen here), a final decision is reached within 16 to 18 months.
We've seen ITC complaints, both from and against Apple, several times already, and it seems like a fairly common weapon in the legal arsenal. Asking for and getting a ban are two very different things, however, and Apple could be considering an ITC complaint of their own.
Or, if Apple's "copy-cat" lawsuit pans out, maybe Samsung will succeed in getting their own devices banned as well?
Samsung and Apple remain partners on the manufacturing side. For now.