Apple vs Samsung patent dispute rumbles on as Samsung appeal ITC ruling
Presidential veto this Saturday stopped a proposed ban on iPhone imports to the US
Samsung have appealed against US trade decisions regarding the company’s patent challenges against Apple.
A ruling in June by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) banned imports of the iPhone 4 and some variants of the iPad 2 because the devices violated patents held by Samsung. However, President Barack Obama vetoed the ruling this Saturday before the ban could be enforced.
The Obama administration announced the decision through a letter from US trade representative Michael Froman to the ITC and cited Froman’s concern regarding “the effect on competitive conditions in the US economy and the effect on US consumers".
However, Froman’s letter indicates that this was not the end to the dispute, writing: "My decision to disapprove this determination does not mean that the patent owner in this case is not entitled to a remedy. On the contrary, the patent owner may continue to pursue its rights through the courts."
Samsung had in fact already filed an appeal before the President’s veto was announced, as the ITC’s ruling only upheld one of the four patent violations that the North Korean company accused Apple of violating.
One of the ITC’s commissioners, Dean Pinkert, argued that Samsung’s complaints were unfounded as the patents in question were international standards – technology that is so important that patent holders are required by law to licence it to manufacturers.
Apple refused to pay Samsung’s licence fees, arguing that they were extortionately priced. Pinkert agreed, stating that Samsung had been unable to show that their fees "satisfied an objective standard of reasonableness."
A related ruling is expected from the ITC this Friday, the result of a near identical lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung, accusing the latter of infringing on a number of patents – including rounded corners on smartphones.
Life & Style blogs
Kylie Jenner challenge: Strange lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
Chloe Sevigny poses with a lobster on her crotch in a daring shoot for Marfa Journal
Loch Ness Monster: Google Maps unveils Nessie Street View and homepage Doodle
Coachella Festival 2015: from Kendall Jenner to Alexa Chung, stars and festival-goers parade their boho best
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£65000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A long-established, tech...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Experienced Software Dev...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...