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

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.

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



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.

25. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

37. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 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!!

40. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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).

45. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

hahahahahah made my day

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.

70. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

85. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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

2. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Come on, who buys S2 anymore?

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

23. willard12 unregistered

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

24. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

41. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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."

28. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

53. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

69. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I still want a galaxy s2 up till now

20. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

26. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

33. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

27. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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).

36. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

78. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

64. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

65. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

71. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

4. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Is Obama gonna Veto for Samsung? Thought so

12. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

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