President Obama has vetoed the US import ban on Apple’s iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G models which was imposed by the ITC this past June. Apple’s products were found to be in violation of Samsung’s 7,706,348 patent which dictates a “method for encoding/decoding a transport format combination indicator (TFCI) in a CDMA mobile communication system.”
While this is not the first time the ITC has issued an import ban on a smartphone or tablet, it’s the first time the US President has stepped in to overrule the ITC in recent history. In the letter to Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the ITC the author admits that the decision to veto the ban was made because its “effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.”
We could spin the story a thousand different ways, but we thought it would be best to leave that up to you in the comments. What’s your take on the Obama Administration’s decision to allow Apple to continue selling products in the US which the ITC found to be in clear violation of Samsung’s patent?