Obama: Apple Can Keep Selling iPhone 4
Vetoes ban on import and sale of some older iPhones and iPads
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
An Apple iPhone 4 at an AT&T store in Palo Alto.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – The Obama administration has vetoed a ban on the import and sale of some older iPhone and iPad models, overturning a decision by the International Trade Commission for the first time since 1987, Politico reports. The ITC issued an import ban and cease-and-desist on sales for some models of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 back in June after Samsung claimed they infringed on its patents. But in a letter to the ITC (which you can read in full at All Things Digital, but it's full of legalese), US Trade Representative Michael Froman said it was nixing the ban, as the government is concerned about patent holders gaining "undue leverage," the Wall Street Journal reports.

"We applaud the administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case," says an Apple spokesperson, per Politico. "Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way." Samsung says it is "disappointed," as "the ITC’s decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license," All Things Digital reports. Froman says Samsung can still pursue its patent rights through the judicial system.

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KDickley
Aug 4, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
Obama should maybe mind his own business and pay attention to all the coverups (Benghazi, IRS, NSA,etc.), before it all leads back to him, and embarrasses him, and makes Jay Carney's nose grow longer. But, because he got away with sticking his nose where it didn't belong before, and the lamestream media kept it fairly quiet, he thinks he's king of America. He told the CEO of Chrysler to resign. He fired an Inspector General of AmeriCorps for catching a buddy in a corruption case. He was held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Abrogated bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters. No, I guess he can stick his nose wherever he wants, because he is our half white king.
Pragmatist5
Aug 4, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
Obama's government should stay out of this and let the courts decide who is in the wrong but of course he cannot keep his nose out of anything he thinks might bring him some PR.
kawahchan
Aug 4, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: ITC won't interfere either Apple or Samsung, Apple has invested $3 billion in Austin, Texas, has got a good deal with (R) Gov. RICK PERRY's governorship and PERRY led Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF). We are still lobbying to Korean Samsung or/and Taiwanese IT companies or/and China's to purchase or to rent the downtown of Commerce, Texas, a university-town of Texas A&M University-Commerce; downtown of Commerce is just next to A&M-Commerce campus, very suitable for Samsung, Taiwanese IT companies or China's to found a R&D high-tech, bio-tech Park over there. Just 45 minutes driving to City of Dallas, home of Texas Instruments (TI) campus. The US Defense contractor corporation, the L-3 Communications is one of our alliance-corporation of Texas A&M University-Commerce. The next 2016 US President RICK PERRY in White House, L-3 Communications will earn the important Space Programs in Communication and US Defense contracts for sure.