iPhone 4 Gets 11th Hour Reprieve With Obama Administration Veto On Import Ban

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports that at the last minute – on the final day of a 60-day review period – the Obama Administration did the right thing and vetoed an International Trade Commission import ban on the iPhone 4 that had been scheduled to take effect on August 5′ and which would have prevented Apple from importing into the U.S. five of its Chinese-sourced products including the iPhone 4 variant that runs on AT&T’s network and was one of Apple’s best sellers during the last quarter.

Elmer DeWitt suggests that the Obama administration may have been concerned with potential political fallout from letting a Korean manufacturer (Samsung, which asserts Apple’s violation if its patents) stop an American company from importing products into its own country – especially when a U.S. court refused to ban Samsung devices that a jury found to have willfully violated several Apple patents.

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