Can Apple Prevent This Big U.S. Ban From Kicking In?
On Monday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed papers asking the International Trade Commission to stay an import ban on some older models of iPhones and iPads, which is due to take effect on August 5. The ITC issued the import ban after Samsung (SSNLF.PK) appealed a preliminary ITC decision that ruled Apple did not violate Samsung’s patents.
In the filing, Apple argued that it will suffer “irreparable harm” if the ban is allowed to go forward, since it “will lose not only sales of its iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G products, but also the opportunity to gain new smartphone and tablet customers who otherwise would have purchased these entry-level Apple devices.”
Apple also noted that the import ban will adversely affect some carriers. Although the names of the carriers were redacted, the filing stated that the products that will be banned have already been purchased, and that “they remain very popular and are strong sellers for the GSM carriers.”