White House Won't Intervene on Samsung Product Ban
Although Samsung and others in the tech world were holding their breath in anticipation - or in hopes - of a White House intervention on the looming Samsung product ban, no relief emerged from Washington today.
On Tuesday, the White House officially sidestepped an opportunity to intervene. Most industry watchers and analysts, however, expected the White House to do exactly what it has done with regard to this matter - nothing at all.
“After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the impact on consumers and competition, advice from agencies, and information from interested parties, I have decided to allow” the import ban to proceed, Obama’s designee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, said this morning.
The import ban applies to only a small number of Samsung products. Newer devices are not in violation of Apple patents, the situation that prompted the ban in the first place.
Not surprisingly, Samsung is not happy about decision.
“It will serve only to reduce competition and limit choice for the American consumer,” said Adam Yates, a spokesperson for Samsung.