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  • Verizon to President Obama: Can You Hear Me Now?


    Wasting very little time connecting with the power players in Washington, one of Verizon's lead attorneys is reaching out to the White House for help in preventing a possible iPhone ban stemming from Apple's ongoing legal battle with Samsung.

    In a detailed editorial published in the Wall Street Journal, Randal S. Milch - executive vice president of public policy and general counsel of Verizon Communications - articulated why President Obama should intervene and soon.

    By early August, the Obama administration must decide whether to veto the ITC's decision to bar the devices alleged to have infringed on a Samsung patent. Should it?
    The ITC, as we know, determined last month that AT&T versions of the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G supposedly infringe on patents owned by Samsung. Per the ruling, these devices must be banned from sale by August 3rd, 2013. Verizon, not surprisingly, has been careful not to bash Samsung while standing behind Apple in this matter.

    Verizon would like to see the Obama administration veto the ITC's controversial decision, even though a sitting president hasn't made such a move since 1987.

    "Patent litigation at the ITC where the only remedy is to keep products from the American public is too high-stakes a game for patent disputes," Milch explained. "The fact that the ITC's intellectual-property dispute docket has nearly quadrupled over 15 years only raises the stakes further. Smartphone patent litigation accounts for a substantial share of that increase."

    To read the full editorial from The Wall Street Journal, click here.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon to President Obama: Can You Hear Me Now? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      August 3th? Really? Is it too difficult for you guys to proofread your articles?
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      August 3th? Really? Is it too difficult for you guys to proofread your articles?
      thank god this looser is almost gone .
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      August 3th? Really? Is it too difficult for you guys to proofread your articles?
      Is it really to difficult to ignore the error im sure you get the what theyre trying to say, unless youre an english teacher it shouldnt bother you that much, relax bro
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      The ITC didn't determine that Apple "supposedly" infringed; it determined they infringed. Period.
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      The 4 is all they still sell anyways. Pretty soon they'll offer the 4s 5s and plastic 5. Lol, they should call it the 5p.

      My point is, it doesn't really matter. If the 4 gets banned stateside then they'll have more inventory to focus on low cost markets elsewhere in the world.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Any takers want to bet that August 2nd (possibly slightly sooner) will see an announcement from Apple introducing the lower cost iPhone 5-whatever it's called? This would make the ban utterly useless, as rumors have it that Apple is planning on discontinuing the sale of the iPhone 4S and lower.
    1. iM1sf1t's Avatar
      iM1sf1t -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      thank god this looser is almost gone .
      Any chance to voice an opinion about the president must be taken... Even if it means misspelling the key to your comment...
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      The ITC didn't determine that Apple "supposedly" infringed; it determined they infringed. Period.
      +1 very good point.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      August 3th? Really? Is it too difficult for you guys to proofread your articles?
      Wtf r u talking about?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Something's going to happen to stop the ban...hopefully.
    1. Faresismail's Avatar
      Faresismail -
      Quote Originally Posted by iH85CH001 View Post
      Wtf r u talking about?
      Its should be 3rd 😜
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Something's going to happen to stop the ban...hopefully.
      Verizon to OB you are a **** head and stay out of our business you have enough trouble in your own administration.
    1. JeremiahSantos's Avatar
      JeremiahSantos -
      what is cooking here ... is Apple an essential ingredient..
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Something's going to happen to stop the ban...hopefully.
      Sure when Apple pay Samsung for the rights to use the patent technology, as well as pay back payments for all the ones sold already.
      This is the easiest way out. Apple is found guilty, so they will have to pay for all the sold iPhones that infringe on the technology might as well get it over with.

      Or Apple release the new cheap iPhones early to take over the cheap phone category, then drag this case further and most likely have to pay anyways.
    1. MyE350OwNz's Avatar
      MyE350OwNz -
      This is an iphone forum so why do all i ever see here are comments from ihaters?!? Why dont you all go comment on that boring *** xda developers forum!!!

      All you do is talk **** about iphones but you stay on its **** by constantly posting comments on an iphone forum lmao!