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[4]: do not understand
by Janvl on Mon 5th Aug 2013 10:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: do not understand"
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If price is the only argument to show you are a "men" then you are a poor guy that has not yet understood much of life.
I support Apple/Windows/Linux/Android know the differences, Apple is not that much better, they have a better marketting-machine but the products are as average as the others.
I avoid Apple because of the way they treat there customers, like children that do need to know how there stuff works, main thing is they buy the stuff and the services, no matter the quality.

Considering the ITC, they should as of now refrain from using the word "international". They are neither international nor independent.

Edited 2013-08-05 10:50 UTC

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RE[5]: do not understand
by MOS6510 on Mon 5th Aug 2013 10:53 in reply to "RE[4]: do not understand"
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"The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys" means that men will remain "boys", they just buy more expensive toys. Like a car, snowboard, sound system, anti-gravity pool, etc... It has nothing to do with Apple.

BTW it must be hard to support Apple and avoid them at the same time.

I too work with a number of different system, I just don't have formed a hatred for a company.

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RE[6]: do not understand
by Janvl on Mon 5th Aug 2013 11:02 in reply to "RE[5]: do not understand"
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I do not hate apple. I just do not buy there stuff for many reasons.

Supporting a platform as closed as apple is no big deal, there is not much one is allowed to do in the os, on mac's at least one has a shell-prompt.

I do not know what your problem with linux on the desktop is but I have been using it for over 8 years now and it does everything I need.

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RE[6]: do not understand
by zima on Thu 8th Aug 2013 21:17 in reply to "RE[5]: do not understand"
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anti-gravity pool


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