The Justice Department wrapped up its investigation into Samsung’s decision to use so-called FRAND patents to obtain an import ban on Apple devices at the ITC.
In August, Apple(s aapl) persuaded President Obama to veto a trade agency’s order that barred it from importing certain iPhones that had been found to infringe Samsung’s patents. The Korean company then called for the same favor, asking the White House to stop an import ban set for October 8 that targets its own products, but has come up short. The ban will now go into effect, but is unlikely to be a big issue for consumers as Apple’s complaint is from mid-2011, and does not affect newer Samsung products; the government shutdown may also affect the ban’s progress (check out the agency’s website right now). In the bigger picture, the import ban situation is primarily a reflection of an outdated agency with mission creep that is just one part of America’s dysfunctional patent system.
President Obama gave Apple a hand when he overturned an iPhone import ban that was to go into effect in August. Will he do the same for Samsung?
President Obama stepped in to prevent the International Trade Commission from imposing a ludicrous ban on some iPhones and iPads. This was a good move — too bad he didn’t also take steps to make sure such a mess doesn’t happen again.
Apple’s historically demonstrated little interest in hobnobbing with political power players and spending a lot of money on lobbying. But now that it’s finding it needs friends in high places, will the company change its tune?
A patent ruling that forbids Apple from importing older versions of the iPhone and iPad will soon take effect – Apple asked the ITC to take the unusual step of issuing a stay.
Tuesday’s ITC ruling has been labeled a “final” decision but it won’t go into effect right away. It will be sent to the White House and the president can still overrule it.
Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: The iPhone 5 is really hard to build, Apple pops up at the presidential debate, pricing an iPad mini, and the ITC investigates Apple.
The U.S. Department of Commerce upped penalties against Chinese solar cell makers in a decision Wednesday but didn’t side with the petitioners to impose tariffs on Chinese solar panels as well.
Eastman Kodak announced late Tuesday that it was suing Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and HTC for allegedly infringing four of its imagining patents. Th…