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Vetoed

The Obama government just vetoed Samsung’s proposed ban on AT&T’s Apple phones prior to iPhone 4S, iPad 2.

“After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group…I have decided to disapprove the USITC’s determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation…”

This ruling came in after T-Mobile executive VP of public policy  and general counsel Randal Milch, wrote an open-plea for Obama to prevent the potential ban from taking place. This affects the company as T-Mobile might have maintained around 400,000 subscribers due to the introduction of the iPhone 5 to their line up.

Basically, Samsung did not want Apple to use some of their standard essential patents. Practically, these patents allow a device to connect to an industry standard such as a 3G network. The owners of these essential patents have a duty and responsibility to licence them to anyone at a reasonable fee. However, in this case, Samsung wanted to use some of Apple’s patents (non-standard essentials). And of course Apple would not allow their crown jewels go just like that.

Well done Mr. President. You deserve a third-term.