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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by TechGeek on Mon 12th Aug 2013 04:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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While I guess you are right in a way that the USTR can in fact "make his own decision", the President is under no obligation to keep him around. The President is the boss, he picks who he wants for however long it suits him. People come and go quite often in appointed positions. So, yeah, it is really Obama's ultimate decision. You don't honestly think the USTR is going to take on his boss do you?

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