“The International Trade Commission said Tuesday that AT&T versions of Apple’s iPhone 3GS and 4, and 3G-equipped models of iPad and iPad 2, infringe on a Samsung patent covering cellular technology,” Noah Kravitz writes for readWrite. “The ITC issued a limited order barring those devices from being sold in the U.S. Apple has already said it plans to appeal the decision, which it can do via Federal Circuit courts or a direct bid to White House.”
“Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet hit the nail on the head in a statement to AllThingsD, saying, ‘Today’s decision has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States,'” Kravitz writes. “Tuesday the Obama administration issued a list of recommended Executive and Legislative Actions to reform the high-tech patent system, and The Verge quotes sources claiming that the timing of the ITC’s Apple import ban was “motivated in part by the Obama Administration’s new patent announcements.””
Read more in the full article here.]
MacDailyNews Take: As we explained yesterday:
If Obama fails to correct the ITC’s mistake, Apple can simply appeal this ruling, get a stay on the ITC’s idiotic injunction, let the system’s abject slothfulness work in their favor for a change, release the next-gen iPhone and iPad as scheduled and, as usual, drop the affected products (iPhone 4 and iPad 2) off the market. Done. The ITC ruling is, in effect, meaningless.
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