Samsung doesn’t get Obama veto, will have handsets blocked by Apple

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In a long and continuing saga of patent warfare, Samsung has lost the latest bid to allow the company to keep selling certain handsets in the U.S. market. The company lost after a long and furious court battle over the patents Apple claimed Samsung was violating. After that loss, the company turned to President Obama, hoping for a waiver on the ruling much as Apple received several months before for some infringements they were found violating.

This time, however, Obama’s administration did not give the veto to the court’s decision, saying that it would not severely affect the U.S. economy or innovation to allow the blockade of certain Samsung products to continue. This leaves Samsung with only the option of attempting an appeal, which could be more costly than it’s worth.

The company has already been moving away from the technologies that were the subject of the court battle with Apple – which Samsung supplies parts to as well. Specifically, it was claimed that Samsung was taking Apple’s products, installing Android, rebranding them, and selling them on the market with little else changed. Those phones comprise a very small part of the company’s overall offering and are not the flagship Galaxy series.

The features in question were a multitouch system and a sensor for headphone jacks, both of which are worked around in the company’s latest models. Given the limited amount of loss the company would see by not importing its older models and the potential costs should they continue to lose in court on appeal, Samsung is not likely to pursue more than a delay to cover product already shipped.


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