White House Vetoes ITC Ban On Apple IPhones, IPads

Law360, New York (August 4, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Saturday overturned a U.S. International Trade Commission order barring some imports of Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad found to infringe a standard-essential Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. patent, finding that import bans based on such patents can give companies "undue leverage."

The decision by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the first time the White House has vetoed an ITC exclusion order since 1987, undoes a June ruling favoring Samsung and allows Apple to continue selling older products like the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. Samsung cannot appeal the decision.

Froman said that when patents were essential to...

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