Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Aug 2013 11:12 UTC, submitted by Torbjorn Vik Lunde

Some older Samsung Electronics Co. mobile devices face a sales and import ban in the United States after a U.S. trade panel ruled for Apple Inc. in a high-profile patent infringement case.

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday ruled that South Korea's Samsung infringes on portions of two Apple Inc patents on digital mobile devices, covering the detection of headphone jacks and operation of touchscreens.

If Obama does not step in, two tiny patents like this can get devices banned, but refusal to accept FRAND terms, refusal to negotiate, all the while using the patent in question anyway does not.

Sure, this is not about protectionism. How cute.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by TechGeek on Sun 11th Aug 2013 02:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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Thom didn't say that Obama personally vetoed the injunction. It is however now up to Obama to set things right as he is the USTR's boss and the only one who can over rule him. As for your first quote, these are cell phones. The injunction of which will have ZERO impact on people's health and well being.

The ITC has been working on these cases for quite some time now. To come in at the end and override their decision just stinks. Further, the SEP groups all signed a contract to create the group. That contract does NOT remove their right to seek injunctive relief. Further, the ITC found that Samsung did not abuse its FRAND obligations, and that Apple is just flat out refusing to negotiate. How exactly do you think Apple should be dealt with?

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