Here we go with another chapter in the Samsung v Apple saga. This time it involves President Obama. You may remember, back in June Samsung won a skirmish that could have lead to the ITC placing a sales ban on certain Apple products. These products included the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2 in the US. The patent in question here had to do with the way the iPhone 4 and 3G iPad 2 worked on CDMA networks, since those were the first two devices to work on a carrier other than AT&T here in the US. It now appears that this victory was pretty short lived. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama just vetoed the ban.
Now if you remember the trial back in June, this ban would have only affected products that Apple sold over 2 years ago. Thus, they probably wouldn’t even fight it since they are almost giving away the iPhone 4 on contract, and not even selling the iPad 2 3G. But thanks to President Obama’s veto on the threat, it’s now effectively over….for now anyways. The entire Samsung v Apple case is far from over.
It’s not a huge deal, and really not all that surprising. But it is interesting to see Obama veto this proposed ban. After all he does use an iPad…or did. It’s probably pretty safe to say that this won’t be the only lose-lose verdict in a trial for the Samsung v Apple case. We’ll probably see more soon. In fact, Samsung is still appealing the court’s decision from the trial that took place last August.
How many of you are surprised to see this proposed ban vetoed by the President? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.
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