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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products 298

Chris453 writes "In August 2013, President Obama issued a veto to an import ban of the iPhone 4S after Samsung won several court battles against Apple claiming that the iPhone 4S violated several of Samsung's patents. A few months ago, Samsung was on the receiving end of a very similar case filed by Apple. The International Trade Commission decided that several of Samsung's phones (Transform, Acclaim, Indulge, and Intercept models) violated Apple's patents, and should face import bans. Despite the similarities between the two cases, the Obama administration today announced that it would not veto the International Trade Commission import ban against Samsung products. The move that could spark a trade dispute between the U.S. and South Korea."
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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

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  • by Mitreya ( 579078 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [ayertim]> on Tuesday October 08, 2013 @03:08PM (#45073775)

    Stop thinking of Apple as American just because their headquarters are here.

    But, but... Apple products say "Designed in USA" Surely that's almost the same as "Made in USA"?

    (I don't know of any other product that tries that trick to counter the "Made in China" note.)

  • Re:Rightly So (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DickBreath ( 207180 ) on Tuesday October 08, 2013 @03:18PM (#45073905) Homepage
    > [Samsung] elected to participate in the standards process and they elected to abide by the FRAND licensing requirements.
    > And then they broke their promise by selectively targeting certain competitors with unreasonable rates, breaking their FRAND obligations.

    FRAND does not mean you cannot negotiate royalty rates.

    The rates only have to be fair, reasonable, and non discriminatory.

    Just because the other party does not like the negotiation does not mean the FRAND promise is broken.

    You completely fail to address my argument. The end result is that there are no longer going to be any FRAND patents. Obligating yourself to FRAND while a competitor plays badly is obviously not a good move. The lesson is that you should play the same way your competitors are playing and not handicap yourself with FRAND. If Samsung wanted the same royalties for its technology from Apple as Apple wants from Samsung over bouncy scrolling and other trivialities, then you would be screaming bloody murder.

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