Samsung, Apple and Barack Obama

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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Barack Obama has intervened in the recent patent infringement dispute between Samsung and Apple.

Act One – August 2013

The previous Samsung patent victory against Apple was overturned by Barack Obama. It was concerning  a basic function of mobile phones that was part of an industry wide standard, rather than features. The administration, in overturning the iPhone ban, cited its position that companies should be limited in their ability to use ownership of standard-essential patents to block competition.

Act Two – October 2013

President Barack Obama decided not to veto a ban won by Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics in a patent-infringement dispute. Consequently, Stock Chart for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930)

Samsung Electronics Co.  can’t import some smartphones and tablet computers into the U.S. The Korean company asked Obama to overturn the ban ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission on public policy grounds,  the same relief the president gave Apple in August 2013 from an order barring imports of the iPhone 4S. Samsung can now seek a delay from a U.S. appeals court.

The decision could be seen as the US administration siding with an American company over a Korean one, which could have trade implications. 

Article Published October 28, 2013