8/5/2013 10:57:00 AM
Obama overturns US Apple sales ban
Older models of the iPad and iPhone can be sold again in the United States after an intervention by the US president.
In a rare move, President Barack Obama's trade representative vetoed a decision from earlier this year that Apple infringed a patent of rival Samsung. The two smartphone giants have been tussling globally in courts, accusing one another of copying designs.
A court ruled in June that all imports and sales of AT&T sold iPhone 4s, iPhone 3 and 3GS be halted, along with the iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. In overturning the ban, President Obama's trade representative said the administration was worried about the use of patents in legal cases.
According to the BBC, Apple said President Obama's decision backed innovative companies. A spokesperson added: 'It added: "Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way.' A Samsung spokesperson said: 'The ITC's decision correctly recognised that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a licence.'
Author: Graeme Neill