Obama IPhone Veto To Keep Essential-Patent Cases Out Of ITC

Law360, New York (August 05, 2013, 8:12 PM ET) -- The threat of an import ban is no longer a potent weapon that owners of standard-essential patents can use to exert leverage over competitors now that the Obama administration has vetoed a U.S. International Trade Commission exclusion order on Apple Inc. products, attorneys say.

The White House said Saturday that an exclusion order won by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. could give the company an unfair competitive advantage, and while it stopped short of saying the ITC should never issue exclusion orders based on standard-essential patents, it made...
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