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Apple Looks to Ban Samsung Imports into the U.S.

by Jacob Kleinman | August 9, 2013August 9, 2013 3:00 pm PST

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Fresh off the victory that was President Obama’s veto of an import ban on several Apple products for infringing on Samsung patents, Cupertino is looking to turn the tables on its South Korean rival. Bloomberg reports that Apple will pressure a U.S. appeals court to block the domestic sale of several Samsung devices that were found to be in violation of its own patents by a California judge.

If you thought Apple would call it a day after Obama vetoed the ban on its own devices in a move that wiped $1 billion from Samsung’s market value you were wrong. It looks like neither company will be satisfied until it’s beaten the other into submission, and for now Apple has the upper hand. At the time, Apple and a number of other tech companies lobbied the White House to block the import ban, arguing it would give patent holders “undue leverage” in the future. However, it now appears that Apple was trying to undercut Samsung, rather than simply level the playing field.

Samsung is still expected to appeal Obama’s veto, while Apple’s request for an import ban against the South Korean company will reportedly be decided by a U.S. trade agency in the near future.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...