United_States_International_Trade_Commission_seal-1The Obama administration has vetoed a partial ban on the import and sale of some Apple products which was granted back in June in response to a ruling made by the USITC (United States International Trade Commission). The ban, which applied to AT&T models of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, and the 3G models of the iPad and the iPad 2, was granted after the USITC found that the aforementioned products infringed on a Samsung patent, specifically Patent No. 7,706,348, titled “Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system.”

Today, in a letter to Irving A. Williamson, the Chairman of the USITC, the United States Trade Representative Michael B. G. Froman declared the following:

After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group […] I have decided to disapprove the USITC’s determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation.

The letter further went on to note that the Obama administration was “committed to promoting innovation and economic progress, including through providing adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights”.

The Verge has noted that this is the first time since 1987 that the President of the United States has interfered with a decision from the ITC. This comes after the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) recently criticised this sort of use of sales bans (rather than monetary compensation) as a means of executing patent infringement – as it in effect harms rival products and companies and does not promote a competitive trading environment. CNet had previously cited experts who believed it was unlikely for the administration to step in on this case.

Just last week, Verizon attorney Randal Milch published an open letter calling for presidential intervention in this case to veto the ban. The ban would have otherwise gone into effect on August 5th, 2013.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the comment thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All MacRumors forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

First good thing Obama’s done since… um… since….

- Created the first “Patients Bill of Rights” (which John McCain and Ted Kennedy tried to in the 90’s):
Stop insurance companies from limiting the care you need
Remove insurance company barriers between you and your doctor
Keeping Young Adults Covered
Providing Affordable Coverage to Americans without Insurance due to Pre-existing Conditions
No Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions for Children Under Age 19
No Lifetime Limits on Coverage
Restricted Annual Dollar Limits on Coverage
Protecting Your Choice of Doctors

- Appointing people who actually care about the environment into office

- Eliminating DADT and addressing LGBT rights

- Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%

- Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college

- Appointed nation’s first Chief Technology Officer

- Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans

- Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants’ credit history, income, and employment status

- Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank’s own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers’ interests)

- Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%

- Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years

- Signed New START Treaty – nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia

- Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $ 1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans

- Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids — 4 million of whom were previously uninsured

- Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research (as a Type 1 Diabetic since 12, this is a big deal that even Nancy Reagan was disgusted with Bush for this policy)

Yeah, that Obama, he’s just a lame duck POTUS.

Shall I go on?

http://whatthe****hasobamadonesofar.com (replace the **** with the obvious word for the link)

Finally, the President clarifies that FRAND patents can’t be used recklessly in the United States.
Excellent news!
Apple said it will pay the same amount of licensing that Samsung is charging everybody else. So, there is no justification for Samsung to ask for more money.

FRAND licenses should be used as FRAND!

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Image (http://ghaoui.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/b4a9f__United_States_International_Trade_Commission_seal-1.png)The Obama administration has vetoed a partial ban on the import and sale of some Apple products which was granted back in June in response to a ruling made by the USITC (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/06/04/itc-rules-apple-infringed-on-samsung-patents-issues-cease-and-desist-order-for-older-apple-devices/) (United States International Trade Commission). The ban, which applied only to AT&T models of the iPhone 4 and 3GS, the 3G models of the iPad and the iPad 2, was granted after the USITC found that the aforementioned products infringed on a Samsung patent, specifically Patent No. 7,706,348 (http://www.google.com/patents/US7706348), titled “Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system.”

In a letter (http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/08032013%20Letter_1.PDF)*to Irving A. Williamson, the Chairman of the USITC, the United States Trade Representative Michael B. G. Froman declared the following:
The letter further went on to note that the Obama administration was “committed to promoting innovation and economic progress, including through providing adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights”.

The Verge has noted (http://theverge.com/2013/8/3/4585700/president-obama-vetoes-samsung-patent-ban-on-iphone-4-and-select-ipads) that this is the first time since 1987 that the President of the United States has interfered with a decision from the ITC. This came after the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) criticised the use (http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1836035/apple_motorola_amicus_brief.pdf) of sales bans (rather than monetary compensation) as a means of executing patent infringement – as it in effect harms rival products and companies and does not promote a competitive trading environment.

The decision comes just after (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/25/verizon-lawyer-calls-for-apple-v-samsung-presidential-intervention-to-prevent-iphone-ban/) an open letter from Verizon attorney Randal Milch who called for presidential intervention in this case to veto the ban. The ban would have otherwise gone into effect on August 5th, 2013.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the comment thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues (http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=47) forum. All MacRumors forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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Good reaction!!!

First good thing Obama’s done since… um… since….

Great, cue the “Obama is an idiot socialist, Marxist Kenyan muslim who sacrifices small children and puppies working for the ‘New World Order’ to enslave all of us and put us into FEMA death camps under the Denver airport while secretly worshipping Satan and selling arms to Communist nations…”

:rolleyes:

I see people throw the word Socialist around online so much that I really don’t think 90% of them know what it means. It’s like the Red scare of the 50’s all over where anyone who disagreed with the US Government was automatically a Communist.

Good move by the US president. I applaud this decision.
Sensing a disturbance in the forum I am, hm hm
I feel it shouldn’t have come so far in the first place…
Mister Obama, please use your presidential powers to veto iOS 7 while there’s still time!

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