Obama Administration Upholds Samsung Device Ban

The Obama administration could have overturned a patent ruling that will keep some Samsung devices out of the country, but it has declined to do so, according to The Hill. Earlier this year the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled that some of Samsung's devices violated patents held by Apple. It was a ruling that the Obama administration had the authority to reverse, but U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Tuesday that he would not do so.

Froman said that the limited scope of the USITC ruling was a major factor in the decision to uphold the commission’s decision.

"The order includes a list of devices that the USITC determined did not infringe the two patents at issue" and "expressly states that these devices and any other Samsung electronic media devices incorporating the approved design-around technologies are not covered" by the ban, he said.

"I do not believe that concerns with regard to enforcement related to the scope of the order, in this case, provide a policy basis for disapproving it," Froman said.

Obviously Samsung was disappointed by the decision.

"It will serve only to reduce competition and limit choice for the American consumer," a spokesman said.

Earlier this year, Apple faced a similar USITC ban over Samsung’s claims of patent infringement, but the administration reversed the commission’s decision.

Source: The Hill

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    SeanB says:

    When somebody goes out, spends money, and actually invents something, i tend to agree with patents.

    But when apple goes so far as to claim they invented "a square with rounded corners", it's hard to feel for them.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    To give Apple an advantage they hold back products that are nearly 2-3 years old…well that is about on par with current Apple products so that makes sense 😛

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    Papa Midnight says:

    The commentary on this one on several technology outlets has been interesting, to say the least. Some are even going so far as to accuse the administration of Protectionism.

    I take no side in this, though I do find the ban of a device that has effectively been rendered functionally obsolete as a waste of time and tax dollars (see: Transform SPH-M920, and Continuum SCH-1400). Even if the Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab 7.0 had been found to infringe, the devices are nearly 3-generations old at this point.

    But that's just my opinion.

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