Samsung Electronics might benefit from a decision by the U.S. trade representative not to block the sale of Apple devices if the ruling influences the U.S. International Trade Commission's stance on patent claims against Samsung from Ericsson. "A huge swath of everybody's patent portfolio has just been rendered impotent," lawyer Rodney Sweetland says. Industry observers said companies bringing claims against patents that are core to a device's operation are especially at risk. Samsung and the South Korean government said they are apprehensive of the veto of the Apple import ban, and Samsung said the decision cost it $1 billion in market value.

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