A decision to ban older 3G iPhone and iPad models compatible with AT&T's network has been overturned, and Samsung is disappointed. Was anyone really running out to buy an iPhone 3GS, anyway?
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Obama administration vetoes ITC’s decision to ban older iPhone devices


Old, outdated iPhone models won’t be going anywhere after the Obama administration vetoed the decision of the US International Trade Commission. The ITC had sided with Samsung on the matter of patent 7,706,348, which covered a method of encoding mobile communications, and issued a ban on the AT&T-compatible iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS as well as the iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.

Now the ITC’s Irving Williamson has received a letter informing him that the decision to overturn his ruling was made based on factors involving “competitive competition” and the ban’s “effect on U.S. consumers.” Samsung still has the right to pursue the matter in the court system.

Naturally, Apple representatives issued a statement to “applaud the administration for standing up for innovation.” Samsung was “disappointed.”

[via AllThingsD]

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