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Apple gets sales ban on certain Samsung devices in the U.S.

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Apple gets sales ban on certain Samsung devices in the U.S.
About a week after President Barack Obama used his presidential veto to prevent the ITC from starting a sales ban of the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad 2, the shoe might soon be on the other foot. On Thursday, the ITC ruled that a number of Samsung devices infringed on a pair of Apple patents which could lead to a sales ban in the U.S. of the infringing Samsung devices.

The names of the Samsung devices that face the sales ban were not listed by the court document. A wide range of products are involved. What we can tel you was that among the devices found to have not infringed on an Apple patent covering audio jack I/O circuitry, was the Samsung Transform (SPH-M920), Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 and the Samsung Galaxy S II. The ITC also ruled that four other Apple patents were not infringed on by the Korean manufacturer.

"With today’s decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s products. Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about."-Apple statement

"Apple has been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners. The proper focus for the smartphone industry is not a global war in the courts, but fair competition in the marketplace. Samsung will continue to launch many innovative products and we have already taken measures to ensure that all of our products will continue to be available in the United States."-Adam Yates, Samsung spokesman

The banned devices can still be sold while a Presidential Review period comes into play. It should be interesting to see what the President does in light of his action the other day which essentially saved the two aforementioned Apple products from being banned in the U.S. And while the President doesn't look at the Samsung vs. Apple battle as a fight among fanboys and operating systems, he most likely does take into consideration the fact that Apple is a U.S. company while Samsung is headquartered in South Korea.


source: Scribd via AllThingsD

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posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:33 26

1. willard12 (unregistered)

Not in this article, "Samsung also suggested that it may have already made the design tweaks necessary to keep selling all its products despite the ruling." The ruling and ban is already null and void just like the ban on the HTC One X last year. Thanks Apple for wasting everyone's time.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:07 14

25. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

I laughed my a$$ off after reading Apple's statement hahahahahah

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 05:51 17

37. sipha (Posts: 439; Member since: 12 May 2012)

I hope samsung doesnt do any tweaks at all.. I seriously want to see Mr Obama reaction to this, i've always suspected him of being an apple fanboy!!

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 06:29 13

40. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Me too, let's see him iVeto this!! He probably doesn't even know how to use a Galaxy S II - II complicated (for him).

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 07:44 4

45. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

hahahahahah made my day

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 12:03

66. willard12 (unregistered)

I don't know. His justice department is going after Apple pretty hard over e-book price fixing. Of course, Amazon is also a US company.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 14:17

70. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

He wasn't being a fanboy, just protecting an American company. I bet he won't do anything for South Korean Samsung though.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 12:41 2

85. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

He won't do anything because his buddies don't work for Samsung. Al Gore isn't on the board of directors for Samsung. He doesn't give a crap about the economy. If you think that is why he vetoed the iphone ban your not seeing the big picture

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:42 5

2. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

Come on, who buys S2 anymore?

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:48 17

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Are you kidding me? Do you know how many peoples around the world? Do you know that not everyone want a high-end flagship like the S4?

Come on, don't be a smart*ss. We know you're rich, go buy yourself a S4, or maybe a Vertu.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:03 2

23. willard12 (unregistered)

The ban would only apply to US imports, not peoples around the world.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:06 8

24. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

I know. But his comment is just ridiculous, "Come on, who buys S2 anymore?".

There are still many people who want a Galaxy S2 or Galaxy S2 Plus.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 06:33 3

41. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Luckily, "peoples around the world" aren't subjected to an iPresident. BTW, I haz' been around the world and "I, I, I can't find my baby."

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:17 2

28. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

S3 is cheap now. And im well aware this applies to USA only, and i dun think those in USA will buy a S2 anymore. That's exactly what i meant. Anyone in USA still buying a S2? S3 is probably free on contract already.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 08:19 7

53. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

S2 sells like crazy to prepaid users its less than 200 new now. The s3 is closer to 350

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 14:13 1

69. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Prepaid company StraightTalk sells the S2, it's actually one of, if not their best smartphone. Most of the others available from them sound like 2009 specs (1GHz single core cpu, 3.5" screen, 2GB of onboard memory). While it may be gone from the main carriers, the consumers who can't afford them would be hurt by this ban.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:56 6

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I still want a galaxy s2 up till now

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 03:59 5

20. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

and it's still quite pricey even now. that means there's still demand for it.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:07 9

26. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1526; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Galaxy s2 is still pretty good mid range smart phone which made quite buzz on smartphone market even gave iPhone a great challenge which was in a pretty good form at that moment.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 05:14

33. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

No, it's not… the s2 and s2plus are just 2 years old outdated overpriced phones tha samsung can sell only because there are people who buy every thing from samsung, because the just choose the brand, but for the same price you could get much better phones (faster, with higher res screens and so on) from other brands.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 04:10 4

27. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Can't any of you read? The article says the S2 is NOT one of the devices that infringed on patents (it's even in bold for you).

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 05:48 1

36. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

I would buy an S2 now. Its one of the best from Samsung yet. No wonder they don't reduce its price.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 18:04 1

78. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

S2 is still bring sold for boost, virgin, straight talk, and a few others. Rather have an s2 than any iPhail.

Essentially the same target as people still cross shopping them and the iPhail4 that was the subject of the newsworthy veto.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:44

3. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

If this ban goes through, watch out. It is too one sided at the moment with Samsung not only losing 1 billion and having the president spit on their patents and Samsung could just snap at any second and actually go steve jobs on Apple and use all of their profits to screw Apple over like Steve Jobs vowed to use all of his billions to destroy Android.

There are some level headed people over there, I would have done something drastic by now if I were Samsung.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 02:18 8

10. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

These aren't children on the playground, they are multinational companies. It's a good thing you aren't the CEO of any company, for that company's sake.

As for "profits to screw Apple over," they are still a publicly traded entity, and as such, they are beholden to shareholders, not petty emotions.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 10:45 3

64. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Nothing petty about it. It is called principles and dignity, which is obviously something lacks.

Apple effectively sued them for 1 billion dollars by claiming they invented the society norm. It was the equivalent if Honda suing Toyota for using tires and winning 1 billion, even though the tire was invented way before either of them. To add on top of that,Toyota gets some of their patents disregarded by the president, and then on top of that Toyota gets two Honda cars banned.

There is just too much injustice there for anyone to take. It isn't about petty emotions, it is standing up for yourself and what is right. The only person that would take bullying of that level for the shareholders is the biggest pussy weaklings in the world. No one with a normal mindset would let that slide.

I know Steve Jobs wouldn't let it slide if the roles were reversed. That doesn't mean that he is letting petty emotions get in the way. It means that he is not going to be pushed over.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 11:12

65. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Basically Apple is getting away with murder. It isn't petty emotions if you do something about that now is it?

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 14:19 2

71. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

"These aren't children on the playground"

Could have fooled me looking at these patent trials. Apple is also a publicly traded company, so how does that explain his "thermonuclear" comment. As I recall he vowed to use every last resource to eliminate android, I'm sure the board and it's shareholders loved that. And his vow is what we have now. There are more court battles in the mobile industry than any other.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:44 8

4. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Is Obama gonna Veto for Samsung? Thought so

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 02:26 6

12. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

why should he? Apple is an american company, Samsung's not.

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