Updated 06:57 PM EDT, Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Apple vs. Samsung Patent Lawsuit Update: Obama Administration and USTR Rep. Michael Froman Veto ITC's iPhone 4, iPad 2 Ban

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Apple has scored a victory on its impending U.S. ban of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2.

As Latinos Post reported, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled Apple violated a Samsung patent, therefore, issued a ban of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 in the U.S., which would have gone into effect Aug. 5.

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The ITC then issued a 60-day grace period that allowed for President Barack Obama to veto the ban ruling. President Obama transferred the decision to the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

As of Aug. 1, the ITC announced that it will extend its date to ban the imports of the Apple devices to Aug. 9. According to Reuters, the ITC did not provide a reason for the delay.

On Aug. 3, USTR representative Michael Froman made the decision and vetoed the ITC's ruling.

"After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group, as well as other interested agencies and persons, I have decided to disapprove the USITC's determination to use an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation," wrote Froman. "This decision is based on my review of the various policy considerations discussed above as they relate to the effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on the U.S. consumers."

Apple has issued a comment, via CNET, stating, "We applaud the Administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way."

Samsung has yet to issue a statement.

According to Bloomberg, no president has overturned an ITC import ban ruling since Ronald Reagan in 1987, coincidentally in a case involving Samsung.

   USTR's Michael Froman Letter on U.S. ITC Ruling on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 ban

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