By G+ Author: Dennis Tablott.
In June, the International Trade Commision (ITC) ruled that the AT&T versions of the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G were infringing on patents owned by Samsung and that all devices must be banned from sale in the US by early August. Earlier this month, Apple filed a stay in opposition, saying that the ban would “sweep away an entire segment of Apple’s product offerings” with negative impacts for its carrier partners.
Intel, Microsoft and Oracle have come to Apple’s defense just days before the ban, which takes effect on August 4. According to The Wall Street Journal, BSA a trade group that represents the three technology giants, has joined Apple in asking President Obama to stop ban. Verizon appealed to the President in an open letter last week, despite the ban only affecting iPhone 4’s on the AT&T and T-Mobile network. A president has not intervened in an ITC ban since 1987.
The companies calling for the ban to be lifted are concerned that it will set a precedent where companies may in the future, demand excessive royalties from competitors, and if they don’t pay up, threaten them with a ban, while AT&T have expressed concern that the ruling would eliminate a “highly popular entry-level iPhone for AT&T customers, and that the ban is inconsistent with the president’s goal of ubiquitous broadband deployment”.
Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative is said to be conducting a review process of the decision, as established by law.
Original Source: Mashable