Government okays ban on older Samsung devices in patent dispute

by David Needle

October 8 2013

The Obama administration has decided to uphold a ban which covers some of Samsung's older smartphones and tablets. The ban was originally requested by Apple.

The International Trade Commission issued the ban back in August after the agency determined Samsung had violated two Apple patents. The Obama administration could have vetoed the ruling, just as it did in August over a ban on certain Apple products.

But U.S. trade representative Michael Froman said the ban would have little effect on the availability of Samsung products, because Samsung has been able to make changes to its newer products so that they avoid infringing Apple’s patents.

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