Samsung denied relief from sales ban in U.S. by Obama administration


Stung by a recent ruling by the Obama administration that struck down a potential sales ban of some Apple devices in the U.S., Samsung is smarting even more after the Obama administration declined to strike down a sales ban of some Samsung devices as ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC previously ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents related to detection of headphone jacks and on a multitouch feature. If there is any silver lining, it is the limited number of devices that will be impacted as newer Samsung devices incorporate different designs that get around the Apple patents.

Samsung had hoped the administration could be pressured into overturning the ban as a type of quid pro quo for the earlier overturning of Samsung’s win with the ITC. Obama’s designee that rendered the decision, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, did not see things that way, explaining the ban on Apple products involved standard-essential patents which justified overturning the ban. The ban on Samsung devices involved a typical patent dispute that did not warrant administrative intervention.

Samsung issued a statement regarding the decision indicating “It will serve only to reduce competition and limit choice for the American consumer.” Meanwhile, Apple has not issued a comment. The next step for Samsung, if they choose to pursue it, will be to seek a delay from a U.S. appeals court.

source: Bloomberg

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Oli72

    not surprised. samsung will charge apple for parts more. lol