Obama and his administration did not step in and veto the ruling against Samsung and some of their products like they did for Apple. Instead, Obama allowed the ban to go forward, according to AppAdvice on Oct. 8.
Apple won a patent infringement dispute against Samsung and Obama is standing behind it. The ban will prevent Samsung from importing some of their smartphones and tablets into the United States. The Galaxy S4 is not included in the ban.
The United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman, says after weighing the policy considerations he decided to allow the import ban to proceed.
“After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the impact on consumers and competition, advice from agencies, and information from interested parties, I have decided to allow” the import ban to proceed.
The International Trade Commission (ITCH) ban covers a limited amount of Samsung products. None of the banned products are current.
There are two Apple patents that Samsung has infringed upon. The first one is a patent for the multitouch feature. The second patent is the sensor for headphone jacks. All of Samsung’s current devices have been redesigned so they do not include the infringed patents.
Obama and the White House vetoed an ITC ruling in August against Apple that would have banned legacy Apple products from being sold in the United States.
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