The Obama administration has vetoed the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ban on the import and sale of some Apple iPhones and iPads, citing concerns about patent holders gaining “undue leverage,” as well as potential harm to consumers and competition in the U.S. economy.
Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices. He said the decision to veto ITC’s ban is “not an endorsement or a criticism” and Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the court system.
The ITC ordered the import ban and an accompanying cease-and-desist order in June, affecting some older models of iPhones and iPads, after finding the products infringed on a Samsung patent.
The move is the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration has vetoed an import ban ordered by the ITC, according to The Wall Street Journal.