Obama administration backs ban on some Samsung devices

October 8, 2013
A Samung logo is displayed at a showroom in Seoul on July 5, 2013

The Obama administration Tuesday upheld a decision to ban some Samsung mobile technology products due to the company's violation of patents owned by rival Apple.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman rejected a Samsung effort to overturn the August ruling by the US International Trade Commission to ban some older model Samsung smartphones and tablets for the patent infringements.

"After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the impact on consumers and competition, advice from agencies and information from interested parties, I have decided to allow the Commission's determination . . . to become final," Froman said in a statement.

The ITC in August ruled that Samsung had infringed two Apple patents—numbers 949 and 501, dealing with touchscreen actions and plug-ins—but cleared the South Korean company of charges that it had violated four more.

Froman's ruling will likely irk Samsung and its allies in the South Korean government.

In August, the USTR overturned an ITC ruling in a patent suit brought by Samsung against Apple that would have banned the sale of certain iPads and iPhones in the United States.

It was the first time the USTR has overruled the commission since 1987.

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1.3 / 5 (14) Oct 08, 2013
more arrogant behavior from King Barack
3 / 5 (4) Oct 08, 2013
VendiTard thinks that Obama is arrogant for overturning a trade commission decision.

You can never underestimate the stupidity of Republicans like VendiTard.
1.5 / 5 (8) Oct 08, 2013
are you 2 brothers or cousins?
not rated yet Oct 08, 2013
VendiTard is my ignorant and dishonest mirror image.
1.3 / 5 (12) Oct 08, 2013
Apple products on the whole are only going to be viable as long as reverse engineering practices take industrial efforts to reveal their secrets. The music industry has learnt this the hard way.

I am watching the mobile phone industry travel down the same path, it's kinda comforting in it's deterministic nature.

Jack's Prediction:
10-20 Years from now you will download the schematic for a "new idea" and print it from either my home or a local depot.

(Hopefully this will mean "companies" and their concept of wealth/ownership become obsolete with new ideas being created to service the community/globe/human race as a whole)
1 / 5 (11) Oct 09, 2013
The Apple vs Samsung is ridiculous.
Apple has grown and become popular for the very thing they are accusing Samsung of.
I think next Mead Paper will sue Apple because the iPad is the same shape and dimension of paper and notebooks. Apple calls it the iPad just like Mead's pad of paper. Obvious infringement.

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