Apple’s patent win won’t affect many current Samsung devices

Apple(s aapl) on Friday celebrated a partial victory in its patent case against Samsung. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found Samsung guilty of infringing on two of Apple’s patents and ordered a ban on the import and sale of Samsung’s mobile devices named in the case.
The ITC will allow Samsung to continue to import and sell the devices in question over the next two months. During this time the Obama administration can review the ITC’s order.
The good news for Samsung is that it doesn’t look like this ruling will have a major affect on the company right now. According to Bloomberg, the ban is on older devices that account for less than 1 percent of Samsung’s current sales.
This ruling affects devices like the original Galaxy S 4G, the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Samsung Captivate and Fascinate, as well as a number of other devices released in 2010 and 2011.
That means Samsung’s most popular devices, like the Galaxy S 4 smartphone, will continue to be sold without restriction.
So Samsung is mostly in the clear for now. But Apple can continue to fight for a ban on newer devices if it can convince investigators that Samsung’s tweaks and changes are still in violation of the patents.