Samsung Smart Devices Face U.S. Import Ban

      August 12, 2013 10:35

      The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday ruled that some older smart devices by Samsung Electronics infringe on two patented technologies of rival Apple and banned their import.

      They are the Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC.

      The global IT industry is watching whether U.S. President Barack Obama will veto the ITC's latest ruling since earlier this month he vetoed an ITC ban on Apple products that infringe Samsung patents.

      Either way, Samsung does not stand to take a huge hit from the ruling since most of the affected models are two or three years old. The only ones still being sold in the U.S. are those left in the inventories of retailers and Samsung no longer exports them to the U.S.

      Experts believe Obama will not veto the latest ruling because in the earlier veto he stressed it is wrong to block imports based on "standard technologies" which are used across various devices and meet technical standards, and which owners are required to share for royalties. But the patents subject to the latest ruling are mostly for user-friendly functions rather than standard technologies.

      Samsung plans to appeal the ITC's ruling in a U.S. court if the Obama administration does not veto it.

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