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Obama Administration Overturns Import Ban On Apple Products

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Apple Store customers look at the new Apple iPhone 4Gs on October 14, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple Store customers look at the new Apple iPhone on October 14, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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CUPERTINO (CBS/AP) — President Obama’s trade representative has vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, reversing a ruling in favor of rival Samsung Electronics.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Saturday overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The commission banned imports of the iPhone 4 and some variants of the iPad 2 when it ruled that the Chinese-made Apple devices violate a patent held by Samsung.

But Froman says in a letter to the commission that he has concerns about patent holders getting too much leverage over competitors that use their technology under licenses.

Samsung, headquartered in Seoul, Korea and Cupertino-based Apple are in a global legal battle over smartphones. Apple argues Samsung’s Android phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung is fighting back with its own complaints.

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