If you remember correctly, International Trade Commission imposed a ban on import if certain Apple products including iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G, in June. The ban was imposed after the trade commission found some Apple products infringing Samsung patents. United States President Barrack Obama and his administration vetoed ITC’s ban on the import and sale of specific Apple products. The ban was expected to take effect from August 5 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 3G and the Original iPad 3G.
US Trade Representative Michael Froman vetoed on behalf of the US government and this is the first time the President blocked a ban imposed by ITC since 1987. Michael Froman mentions:
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.
The folks at AllThingsD also got the statement from Apple representative who applauded the decision by Obama administration.
Apple representative said,
We applaud the Administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way.
However, the Korean giant doesn’t appear to be very happy with the decision.
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.
This is not the first time Apple won over Samsung. Last year, the Cupertino giant was awarded $1 Billion in damages when the company won a patent case against Samsung. What do you think about the decision taken by the administration? Share your views.
You can view the complete letter issued by the administration here.
Source: Apple Insider
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