Apple Asks ITC for Stay On iPad, iPhone Import Ban

Apple has asked the International Trade Commission for a stay on an import ban it issued on several of the company's iPhone and iPad devices. Back in June, the ITC issued an import ban preventing Apple from importing several models of iPhone and iPad. The ban came after an ITC ruling that Apple had violated Samsung-owned patents related to cellular technology. The notice named the AT&T models of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 as well as 3G versions of the original iPad and iPad 2. It detailed a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order that would prohibit Apple from importing or selling or distributing the aforementioned devices within the United States.

The import ban was supposed to kick in after a 60-day President review period and Apple still had the option of appealing the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In fact, the company said it plans to do just that. This week, Apple requested stay on the ban pending that appeal. GigaOm was the first to spot Apple's application for a stay in which the Cupertino-based company says such action would cause irreparable damage to the company. Apple says the ban on the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 could mean a loss in new customers planning on purchasing entry-level devices.

The ITC ban is set to go into effect in less than a month. If Apple gets a stay, the ITC will wait until the outcome of the appeal (which Apple is hoping will be successful) before imposing the ban.

  • subaru41
    Apple, it is called Karma. Your time has come.
  • back_by_demand
    Interesting article, so interesting in fact that it has displaced the release of the Nokia 1020 with 41mp camera that every other reputable website covered live - maybe Toms will write about it next week
  • jk_ventolero
    Everytime I see these kinds of articles about Apple getting karma, I laugh a bit, shake my head a couple of times and say "Poor bast*rds"... then realize that they are actually really really very rich bast*rds.
  • daekar
    They're objecting to the ruling because it will cause them to lose money? Isn't that the whole point, to stop them from making money with infringing devices? Honestly...
  • someperson123
    They'll get the stay. They are government contractors now, so the government is in their substancially deep pockets. I feel bad for Samsung being a forgein company sometimes.
  • cmi86
    APPLE SAMSUNG IS BETTER THAN YOU, YOU WILL NEVER WIN !!! Get it through your head !
  • Passerbuy
    I think the ICT will lift the ban because it`s Apple,and they can`t do anything wrong.
    I hope it goes the other way to teach Apple a lesson.