Obama Vetos ITC Ban on Older iPhones, iPads

Posted August 3, 2013 at 8:14pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 13012 views

The Obama Administration has vetoed an ITC ban on the sale of older iPhones and iPads including the AT&T iPhone 4 and iPad 2, reports the WSJ.

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." He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts. The action marked the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration had vetoed a product ban ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The ban had raised concerns about allowing companies to use standard essential patents to block rival products.

In a letter from the Executive Office of the President, Ambassador Michael B. G. Froman said, "After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group, as well as other interested agencies and persons, I have decided to disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation. This decision is based on my review of the various policy considerations discussed above as they relate to the effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers."

Apple praised the Obama administration for "standing up for innovation".

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{Anthony} - August 5, 2013 at 6:06am
#AppleNation.... Stop hating
steve - August 4, 2013 at 11:27pm
Wow... apple must have many politicians in their pockets. Don't tell me that pinch to zoom & round corners are worth 1 billion dollars vs real technological innovation.
Ken - August 5, 2013 at 3:59am
What has Samsung done that's "real technological innovation" again? This is about standards-essential patents that Samsung can't abuse.
steve - August 5, 2013 at 4:07pm
.... what this lawsuit is about. I like apple products but I hate apple fanboys. "Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system."
spunky guru - August 4, 2013 at 7:57am
At least you were quick to point out the "SP" grammar
Spunky guru - August 4, 2013 at 5:16am
Guys!!!! It pains me to read bad grammer and spellings on these threads. I know people want to express their opinions. Please check your grammer, spelling and punctuations. It is like someone rushing to the restroom to relieve themselves, but forget to wipe their ass afterwards. They come out feeling good, while people around them stay away because of the bad smell, due to unfinished business .
McGiord - August 4, 2013 at 7:07am
Grammer? Really???
Digim0d - August 5, 2013 at 8:54am
Griping about "grammar" & bad spelling and can't spell grammar?
Digim0d - August 5, 2013 at 8:56am
Well you're a special kind of stupid aren't ya!
icla - August 4, 2013 at 3:07am
In case some of you missed it. Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle and other tech giants sided with Apple over the ban. Verizon being the first one to stand and sent a letter to the administration. These companies who sided with apple basically says - Companies can't use an essential/standard patent against another company - FRAND license can't be abused. They sided because if Apple being the biggest of them all doesn't stand a chance then all of them that uses the same patent will be an easy target for Samsung.
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