Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 20:34 UTC
Legal The Obama administration:

After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group, as well as other interested agencies and persons, I have decided to disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation.

Lots of talk about SEPs and FRAND in Obama's decree, which means that the Obama administration contradicts everything the ITC has said. To freshen your memory, the ITC ruled that not only was the patent in question not a standard essential patent, but Samsung's offer was actually proper FRAND:

Additionally, the Commission found that there were still disputed issues concerning the patent at issue was even actually essential to the standard (and therefore whether a FRAND or disclosure obligation applied at all).

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The Commission analyzed the history of negotiations between Apple and Samsung (this portion is heavily redacted) to see if Apple showed that Samsung failed to negotiate “in good faith,” and found that Apple failed to do so. Notably, the Commission dismissed Apple’s arguments that (1) Samsung’s initial offer was so high as to show bad faith, and (2) Samsung’s attempts to get a cross-license to Apple’s non-SEPs violated its FRAND commitments.

In other words, the Obama administration threw out virtually everything the ITC has said in order to protect Apple. This effectively means that American companies can infringe on non-American companies' (standard essential) patents all they want, because the president will simply step in if they try to fight back.

So, I was wrong. I expected the Obama administration to be impartial and not give such a huge slap in the face of the ITC - as cynical as I usually am, I can still be naive. Protectionism is more important to the POTUS.

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yea
by arb1 on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 21:04 UTC
arb1
Member since:
2011-08-19

Obama has said one thing and done another. Back when Bush was the president, Obama called Bush's spending unpatriotic yet Obama gets in charge he spends almost 3x more. This veto is a signed steal anything and get a pardon for apple. It as for Apple saying it promotes innovation, No it don't as any company looking to make next wireless standard is taking a 2nd look at doing so as company LIKE Apple can steal it and pay nothing.

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RE: yea
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 22:04 in reply to "yea"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Obama has said one thing and done another.

Isn't it clear by now that if he says one thing, you should expect the complete opposite?

If he says he's going to do something good, expect him to do something bad. All he is is a liar sitting in the most sacred office of the U.S.

Edited 2013-08-03 22:06 UTC

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RE: yea
by charlieg on Sun 4th Aug 2013 11:48 in reply to "yea"
charlieg Member since:
2005-07-25

Please don't troll by parroting Republican talking points.

Spending was all over the place. The Bush administration didn't include war spending in their numbers, the Obama administration did, and that accounts for the vast proportion of the so-called 3:1 ratio you allude to.

There's plenty of bad things to complain about Obama for (which saddens me immensely). So keep the fake stuff out of it.

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RE[2]: yea
by TemporalBeing on Mon 5th Aug 2013 17:58 in reply to "RE: yea"
TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

Please don't troll by parroting Republican talking points.

Spending was all over the place. The Bush administration didn't include war spending in their numbers, the Obama administration did, and that accounts for the vast proportion of the so-called 3:1 ratio you allude to.


FYI - War Spending accounts for very very little of the budget. And the last time Obama signed a budget was 2009, right after winning the Presidency the first time. Health Care, Social Security, and other Entitlements make up far more of the budget than anything that the Pentagon has spent.

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RE: yea
by siride on Sun 4th Aug 2013 18:34 in reply to "yea"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Obama hasn't introduced any new spending of significance except for the stimulus, which was a one time deal. However, defense and especially medicare and social security spending have gone up based on the nature of the programs. The last two are also mandatory spending, so unless there is reform, there is no way to not spend less when the economy tanks and the healthcare system costs skyrocket.

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RE[2]: yea
by bnolsen on Tue 6th Aug 2013 03:48 in reply to "RE: yea"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

so where did all that money go in these huge budgets? the defecit has increased 6 trillion when it was just over 10.5 trillion when he took office. You don't rack up all that debt without the money going somewhere. It certainly didn't go towards any economic or job recovery.

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