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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