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).


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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RE[3]: Speak with your wallet
by brichpmr on Sun 4th Aug 2013 22:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Speak with your wallet"
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Apple comes at the top or near the top of most surveys of customer satisfaction and customer support. Any discerning consumer will see this early in their product research.

It only shows Apple users have more problems with their products than users of other brands and they have more dealings with support than others.

I see no reason why anyone would even take part on these surveys if they never have had any dealings with customer support at first place. Apple users also like to promote their systems more than others and it gives false impression of how things are in real life.

For computers that just work people seem to have lots of problems with them. I only need to take quick look at local Apple forum to see that those are very problematic systems indeed. (Or then it says something about the users...)

All computer makers experience some amount of failures or problems. Many surveys over the past decade at least confirm that Apple is at the top when it comes to resolving those issues for their users. Obviously, you only experience Apple tech from a distance...understandable that you draw such erroneous conclusions.

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