The US government has taken the unusual step of overruling the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), saying it will not uphold a ban on sales of a series of Apple products.
Back in June, the ITC determined that the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as the iPad and iPad 2, infringed on a series of Samsung patents.
It said that these devices should be removed from sale in the US as a result.
However, the Obama administration has now stepped in and repealed the ban.
Trade representative Michael BG Froman told the USITC: “After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group [...] I have decided to disapprove the USITC’s determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation.”
This ties into the US government’s wish to ‘promote innovation’ and to prevent the banning of goods in such circumstances.
The move is unlikely to please Samsung, which remains locked in a huge legal battle with Apple over a series of patent infringements.
It’s believed that while out-of-court talks are progressing, an end to the war between tech’s two biggest players is not in sight.