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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Obama refuses to revoke Samsung import ban

The White House on Tuesday upheld a ban on importing and selling certain Samsung smartphones and tablets, which had been imposed by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in August after Apple accused the Korean company of imitating its products.
The decision means that from Wednesday, Samsung will not be allowed to sell someolder products, such as its Galaxy S 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
The White House has the power to veto import bans imposed by US courts on public interest grounds, but declined to grant Samsung the exception.
The decision is unlikely to significantly affect Samsung’s bottom line, since the products have been replaced by newer models and are not sold in significant quantities.
However, Mr Obama’s refusal to act is likely to irk the Korean company, especially since a similar ban on selling older Apple products was recently vetoed on public interest grounds.
In August, the White House overturned an ITC ban on sales of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G, which came after a legal challenge from Samsung. It was the first time a president had exercised the veto since 1987.
Tuesday’s decision represents the first time that sales of either Apple or Samsung products will have been restricted in the US, despite years of legal wrangling between the two companies.
Last year, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1bn (£622m), although this figure has since been reduced and the ruling appealed.

The two companies have sparred in courts around the world, each accusing the other of copying their technology.
Source: Telegraph
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