You might remember Sharp slapping Samsung with a patent lawsuit back in August, and it looks like relations haven't exactly improved between the two companies since then -- Samsung's just smacked back in the US by convincing the United States International Trade Commission to investigate and potentially bar imports of products containing Sharp LCD panels that infringe Sammy's patents. Filing before the ITC seems like it's the new patent litigation hotness ever since Qualcomm got its toys taken away, since the ITC's only real power is to halt imports, but don't expect to see this get resolved with any kind of swiftness -- lawyers on both sides are probably polishing their wingtips with glee for the inevitable march down to Marshall.

Disclaimer: Although this post was written by an attorney, it is not meant as legal advice or analysis and should not be taken as such.

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