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FTC to ITC: Limit Use of Import Bans, Please

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Apple is the worst abuser


Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 PM
If they just limited Apple's use of import ban, it would have the same effect. Apple to import ban is what Ed McMahon was to junkmail.

Jun 7, 2012, 4:37 PM
I think you missed the point of what the FTC is requesting. They want to limit the use "standard essential" patent bans. These patents are required to be licensed under FRAND terms. Device makers have to use these no matter what, hence making them essential and follow different rules.

It's an entirely different ballgame from the "design" patents that Apple has filed suits under. Design patents violations can be avoided by creating workarounds, much how HTC has done to get their devices through customs. They are not essential, therefore, can be designed around or never implemented in the first place or licensed from the patent holder.

It may seem like semantics, but these two types of patents are treated very differently.

Jun 7, 2012, 4:46 PM
Thank you for clarifying this.

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