Obama's administration overturns iPhone & iPad Sales Ban

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    Samsung & S Korean Government unimpressed

    President Obama's administration has overturned a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) import ban on the sale of some older iPhones and iPads

    The ITC had banned the import or sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after the devices were found to infringe a patent owned involving 3G wireless technology.

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vetoed the ban at the weekend, saying the decision was in part based on its "effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers." Froman said Samsung could continue to pursue its case through the courts.

    Samsung predictably said it was "disappointed" with the decision. "The ITC's decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license," it said in a statement.

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    Apple welcomed the news and applauded the administration "for standing up for innovation." It added, "Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way."

    The South Korean government is also unimpressed by the decision, terming it as "protectionism," in the Korean Media.

    "We express concerns about the negative impact that such a decision would have on the protection of patent rights," the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, said in a statement.

    The ministry has called for the ITC and the Obama administration to make "fair and reasonable decisions" as Samsung faces a decision on Friday as to whether some of its phones and tablets infringed on Apple's patents and should be banned from imports into the United States.

    Via: Reuters
     

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