Obama Vetoes Ban on Sale of Apple’s iPhones and iPads


It is reported that the Obama administration has voted a U.S trade body’s ban on the import and sale of some iPhones and iPads of Apple. This is a rare move that upends a legal victory for the smartphone competitor Samsung. The action also marked the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration had vetoed an import ban ordered by the U.S International Trade Commission.

This decision to veto the ban on Apple devices was made by U.S Trade Representative Michael Froman, who cared about patent holders gaining “undue leverage” and potential harm to consumers and competitive conditions in the U.S economy.

There were many concerns and arguments among people. Critics from the U.S International Trade Commission questioned whether companies should block competitors’ products to avoid involving patents that are essential to creating products based in key technologies overseen by industry standard-setting groups. Apple, as well as some other technology companies, said that the ban was unreasonable since Samsung had committed to fairly license. On the other hand, Samsung insisted that it had offered its patents to Apple, but the Silicon Valley company had sought to avoid paying for licenses of Samsung’s patents.

An Apple spokeswoman said in a statement: “We applaud the Administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way.” However, the Samsung spokesman claimed: “The ITC’s decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license.” He also said Samsung was disappointed by this veto.

Mr. Froman, explained the veto in a letter saying he came to his decision after extensive consultation with government trade bodies “as well as other interested agencies and persons.” Forman FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, who led the agency during the Google case, said the veto would benefit consumers and promote innovation. “When a company agrees to license what is known as a standard-essential patent at fair and reasonable terms, it shouldn’t be able to ban important of a product into the United States simply because it wants a better deal,” he said.

Samsung said it could not appeal the veto, but it could continue to press its own court cases against Apple.

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