Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit: ITC US Imports Ban for iPhone 4, iPad 2 Delayed as President Obama Patent Infringement Veto Decision Awaits

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has delayed its decision on the imports ban for threeApple devices.

The ITC announced on Aug. 1 that it will extend its date to ban the imports of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9.

According to Reuters, the ITC did not provide a reason for the delay.

As Latinos Post reported, the ITC ruled on June 4 that Apple infringed a Samsung patent. As a result, the ITC ruled to ban the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2. President Barack Obama, however, has a 60 day grace period since the June 4 ruling to veto the ITC’s decision.

President Obama has transferred the decision to veto to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and a decision could come as early as today. President Obama and USTR’s Michael Froman have until 12 a.m. on Aug. 4 if they want to veto the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 ban. If President Obama and Froman issue no comment by Aug. 4, then Apple will have to stop selling the three devices at the Apple Store and website. The ruling will also affect purchases with mobile carriers AT&T and T-Mobile and retailers such as Best Buy.

The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and older models of the iPad are not affected by the import ban.

According to Bloomberg, no president has overturned an ITC import ban ruling since Ronald Reagan in 1987, coincidentally in a case involving Samsung.


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