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Apple Applauds Obama Decision to Veto ITC Ban Ruling on iPhone, iPad

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The Wall Street Journal reports the Obama administration has vetoed the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) product ban on older iPhones and iPads from Apple, a ruling made via the ongoing patent litigation between the latter and Samsung:

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining “undue leverage” as well as potential harm to consumers and competitive conditions in the U.S. economy.

He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts.

Apple responded with a statement to AllThingsD, citing their approval of this ruling and lambasted Samsung for their abuse of the patent system:

“We applaud the Administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way,”

Meanwhile, as expected Samsung was disappointed about the decision made by the Obama administration, which marked the first time since 1987 a president had vetoed an import ban ruled by the U.S. ITC. Samsung will be unable to appeal the veto but can continue the battle against Apple in court:

“We are disappointed that the U.S. Trade Representative has decided to set aside the exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC’s decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license.”

In early June, the U.S. ITC slapped a ban on the AT&T iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2G as these iOS devices had violated a Samsung standard-essential patent related to encoding and decoding a particular wireless protocol.

The Obama administration stepped in to veto the ITC ruling one day before the ban was set to be imposed on August 4, 2013. Last week, the trade group BSA, which includes the likes of Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, AT&T and Verizon, voiced their concerns to say the use of essential industry patents to ban products should not be allowed, which Samsung was doing. Looks like the US Federal Government agrees with the decision to veto the ITC ruling.

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  • Fluxuated

    United Dictatorship of America

  • Chrome262

    It was the right decision, Samsung or any other company shouldn’t be allowed to shut down huge chunks of industry during a patent dispute. Kodak could of done it and shut down all phones that have cameras in it, but they know its crappy and this would happen. Besides they are not banning Samsung models for their infractions, and they lost. Its all part of the dam patent trolling thats been going on.

  • Setak

    Apple can sue Samsung over patent litigation but the opposite is considered as abusive ???

  • Chrome262

    They are both suing each other. Difference is while Apple is asking for fines and payments, Samsung is asking for a ban of products to remove competition. The standard practice is to ask for fines, doing this is basically screwing over the industry to insure your product does well without competition. And this patent effected more then just Apple. if the ban went though it would of effected all the companies that used that particular patent, while Samsung takes their time in asking for fees.

  • Setak

    You say that Apple only asks for fines, but do not forget that their initial lawsuit considered in a 2.5 billion dollar fine and removal of all Samsung products that used their patents (which the biggest ones were the pinch and zoom and scrolling feature, like you said the example of Kodak with the camera would of been a non-sense). If the jury would of approved Apple’s initial lawsuit would you say the samething about their demand ? 😉

  • Chrome262

    yes, because all you are doing is screwing up potential competition, which would then just limit any innovation or new products. The more companies fighting it out in market, the better products get over time. And remember, this only offsets the approval of banning in Asian courts.

  • crasucks

    OK, so it is OK for an American company to screw other non-American companies over with Bogus patents, but it is not ok for a non-American company to enforce any of its patents.

    Very nice, so much for any remaining integrity with the U.S. Patent Office. It was a joke already, but this pretty much makes it a meaningless piece of crap paper mill.

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