President Obama lifts ban on sales of some iPhones & iPads

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Good news for Apple: Today, the Obama Administration vetoed a trade ban on the sale of some iPhone and iPad devices.

The ban affected older models of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. It was passed in June, after the U.S. International Trade Commission found that the products infringed a Samsung patent.

The ban proved controversial from the start, with some technology executives questioning whether companies should be able to use their patents to block rival products from the marketplace.

This is the first time that a presidential administration has vetoed a ban on a product ordered by the ITC, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Samsung and Apple’s international legal spats have been going on for years — it’s a win some, lose some game. Both companies have alleged in the courts that the other is to blame for starting the patent war.

The companies originally locked horns in 2010 when Apple approached the Korean manufacturer about a number of devices it felt copied the iPhone and iPad. In 2012, Apple scored its largest victory, winning $1 billion in damages against Samsung over iPhone patents.

From now on, Apple will be able to ship these devices from factories overseas, where they are manufactured, without fear of legal repercussions.

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