Washington (QHA) - The Obama administration has overturned a U.S. trade panel's ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones into the United States, dealing a setback to Apple's rival, Samsung, VOA news reports.
This was the first time since 1987 that a U.S. administration had taken action against a product ban that the International Trade Commission had ordered. The ITC ban was to have taken effect August 4.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Saturday overturned the ban, which the U.S. ITC had announced June 4, saying some Apple products violated a patent owned by Samsung. He added, Samsung could continue to pursue its case through the courts.
As reported earlier, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion in damages for patent infringements last year.
The two companies also have taken their disputes to courts around the globe.