Samsung wants to ban imports of Apple products to the US

Samsung wants to ban imports of Apple products to the US
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung is heating up, and after Apple accused the Koreans of “slavishly” copying iDevices, Samsung has replied vigorously by first asking to see the next-gen iPhone and iPad, while now it's asking the US International Trade Commission to ban imports of Apple-made products into the United States.

The claim is made over patents and extends over iPods, iPhones and iPads, which are only designed in the States, but have to be imported from other countries where they are manufactured. "The complaint requests relief in the form of a permanent exclusion order prohibiting entry to the United States of all Apple products in violation of these patents," Samsung mentioned in a statement.

Samsung is a big patent holder, but in this case it alleged Apple of infringing five patents in a lawsuit filed in Seoul, two patents in a lawsuit filed in Tokyo and three patents are mentioned in its legal claim filed in Mannheim, Germany. The lawsuit has escalated despite the fact that Apple and Samsung have a close relationship as the Koreans are a major producer for iDevice parts. Only this year, Cupertino is estimated to buy $7.8 billion worth of silicon from Samsung. 

At the same time, though, reports have surfaced mentioning Apple's attempts to lessen that dependency and partner with Chinese TSMC for the A6 chip, expected to power Cupertino's products in 2012. Could the ITC really ban Apple products? As drastic as the allegations sound, the ITC will need to closely examine them, which alone could take quite a while, and that seems like plenty of time for Apple to react with yet another lawsuit. 

source: Reuters



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol. It's like a wrestling match at this point. Seriously.

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

.... and can you blame them??. Apple are really taking the piss now. I mean seriously, do they really think they can beat down "Korea"?

18. lala unregistered

Why is this not a featured strory? It siunds pretty serious.

20. lala unregistered


31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because this is just another round in the match that has been apple vs samsung suing eachother for something new nearly every week for probably over a year now. Apple just tried the same maneuver on samsung and lost. i really feel like there should be a ringside announcer and a popcorn n beer vendor somewhere. :)

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey Apple opened this can of worms. Apple is not the only one who can play this game. Samsung is not going to be bullied by Apple. Without Samsung, Apple would not be where they are today. Apple needs a shot of humility. Something to knock them out of their high horse. Well Apple if you didn't see this coming then you really had no foresight! It is what it is! Straight & simple. Samsung HAS a right to retaliate. If this goes down then Apple will be dealt a blow on monumental proportions! Let’s see how this plays out. I think they should just meet at the squared circle! Lol ROUND ONE….. FIGHT!

24. lalala unregistered

Probrably more around round 4 lol, theyv'e been back and forth for a while now.

25. fight night unregistered

i think he means like an actual fight. he did say the squared circle.

49. iBlowjobs unregistered

Yeah, Apple is Hulk Hogan and Samsung is Pewee Herman.

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

since u didnt put a time period on how old each of these 2 are when fighting, id say "current condition" in which you just pitted a 60 something year old fake wrestler with arthritis and a really bad hip against an ugly skinny dude. Hulk is a nice guy, but he is well past his glory days. Id take peewee herman over hulk in this match.. mikalika high, likahineee hoooo mofugga!! lol.

2. android_hitman unregistered

i would be happy if Samsung succeeds, but just only to show Apple that he is not so powerfull as he thinks. i am reffering to Stevie of course :)

3. mrkrabs

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

Lets go Samsung :D ! Apple you picked the wrong person to mess with.!

21. hepresearch unregistered

Usually I don't side with Apple on much, but banning Apple products in the US? I'm sorry, but as an American, I like having choices, and I like it when my neighbors have choices as well. Personally, I would not choose an Apple device at this time, but still I do not like the idea of having a choice taken away. If it was the other way around, I would still be opposed...

29. missed_the_mark unregistered

Apple could get around the ban by paying for the infringements outright, leasing the right to use the patents, or simply apologize to Samsung for being such arses.

35. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

apple did try to stop the sales of the galaxy products but they failed as will samsung..i completely agree with you, the more choices the better..this lawsuit is just becoming ridiculous..if apple believe they so superior then they should not have anything to worry about..let the consumers buy what they want.

39. xtomatoe unregistered

I dont think they're trying to ban their products in the US...from what I've read it seems like they're wanting to Ban apple from importing the phones So they'll probably have to make'em here and not outside the US ..I'm assuming thats what they're trying to do

40. lollipop

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

So you wish a foriegn company that pays little in US taxes to beat out a US company that pays US taxes? Literally rooting for a foriegn company to take out a company from your country is like rooting for someone to kill your brother.

47. guest unregistered

rooting for a foreign company and paying taxes? think about apple importing most of their parts from other countries to avoid paying more tax and giving jobs to other countries instead of making it in the US.

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and thats why i could never buy anything from APPLE. They dont MAKE anything. They source it out to Foxconn in china who pays their people so LITTLE that they had to install SAFTEY NETS around each building because people COMMITING SUICIDE was too COMMON. You think any of those slave labor goods get american taxes on them? lol. besides, all companys that sell goods in america pay taxes if they were made in america or not. There are import taxes and tarrifs before they even make it into the country. Apple probably hides most of its profits off shore anyways to avoid taxes.

4. Kane unregistered


5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Damn democrats!!!!

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I hate when a company tries to ban another company regardless :/

7. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

Wow thats a bit over the top. That would really give Samsung dominance in the smartphone market of usa.

48. mario unregistered

It wouldn't.. there's still HTC MOTO LG .

8. ken unregistered

good to see apple getting a taste of its own medicine. Seeing that apple is an intensely control child it'll prob choke or get sic on that medicine

9. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Giant technologies in the battle field, Samsung tried to ban Apple products from the USA is not going to happen because every products sell in the USA are imports. USA is the world largest imports country. What happen if Apple trying to ban Samsung products from the USA? Apple and Samsung must drop all the lawsuits, shake hands, doing business as normal and every body will happy.

11. Satya unregistered

ntn but samsung showing frustration...

12. maxkobi

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

honestly if a ban happened this would slow down innovation as there would be no bench to hit... its true i dont like apple but they put a good challenge on the table when it comes to companys being forced to create professional and sturdy devices

13. FuckApple unregistered

Go Samsung, f**k that dirty fruit upside down!

15. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

All manufacturers will undoubtedly provide legal funds in support for Sammy as they would all hugely benefit. Bill Gates is probably laughing his pants off.

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