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US: Samsung unlikely to get same White House treatment as Apple, say experts

 |  August 13, 2013

Antitrust analysts say Samsung will not likely see a White House veto of the International Trade Commission’s recent import ban on certain smartphone models found to have infringed on Apple products, despite Apple seeing the same such veto of the ITC’s import ban on iPhones earlier this month. Reports say unlike Apple, Samsung cannot use public-policy arguments to earn a veto, meaning the presidential review period for the Samsung ban will likely end, and the ban will come into effect, in October. Patents on which Samsung infringed are not standard essential patents used in most or all smartphones. US regulator have been focusing on patents in recent months to deter so-called patent trolls from acquiring standard essential patents just to sue those that use the patents; such was the argument for Apple that earned the company a veto on import bans of its iPhone 4 and iPad 2 models. Samsung’s import ban involves products that infringe on Apple patents regarding headphone jacks and multitouch technology.

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