US vetoes ban on apple products

CNC report from Washington
Added On August 6, 2013

The Obama administration has vetoed a decision by the US International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain Apple products to the US on the grounds they infringed on a patend held by Samsung Electronics.

The order reverses a previous ruling that favored Samsung Electronics over Apple in their long-running patent battles.

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In its decision Saturday, the administration said banning the products, which include older models of the iPhone and iPad, would be against the US public interest.

Obama's Trade Representative Michael Froman said he has concerns about patent holders getting too much leverage over competitors that use their technology under licenses.

Samsung expressed its disappointment over Froman's ruling in a statement late Saturday night.

The ruling is a setback for Samsung, which is engaged in a broad, worldwide legal battle with Apple in which both companies accuse the other of using their patented technologies without a license.

In June, the Trade Commission banned imports of the iPhone 4 and some variations of the iPad 2 as Apple devices violated a patent held by Samsung.

The ban has never been put into effect as the Obama administration had 60 days to decide if it would uphold the order.

The administration said Samsung can continue to pursue remedies against Apple through the courts.