According to The Verge, Samsung has this week won a U.S import ban on some of Apple’s most-popular mobile devices. The ITC on Tuesday ordered a U.S-wide import ban on all the current imports of the AT&T iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G models, due to claims from Samsung that the devices infringe on its intellectual property.
“According to Samsung, Apple used a cellular data patent in developing older versions of its iPhone and iPad; newer models do not use technology covered in its claim,” writes Adi Robertson for The Verge. “While the ITC did not agree that Apple had violated several other patents in Samsung’s complaint, it said that Apple had not provided a strong defense against claims that it infringed on the ’348 patent.”
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said:
“We are disappointed that the Commission has overturned an earlier ruling and we plan to appeal. Today’s decision has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States.”
“Samsung is using a strategy which has been rejected by courts and regulators around the world. They’ve admitted that it’s against the interests of consumers in Europe and elsewhere, yet here in the United States Samsung continues to try to block the sale of Apple products by using patents they agreed to license to anyone for a reasonable fee.”
Just yesterday, we reported that the Obama administration had already outlined a 5-step plan to ensure that the U.S patenting system, in the future, is used to protect an idea … rather that what it is currently being used for: The extortion of money from rivaling companies.