Major Companies Support Apple Against iPhone 4 Ban

Leading technology giants including Microsoft, Oracle, and Intel, alongside telecommunications heavyweight AT&T, are rallying behind Apple in its legal struggle to fend off a ban on the iPhone 4. This development follows a ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC), which sided with Samsung in a patent infringement case.

The ban is pending approval from US Trade Representative Michael Froman and is slated to take effect on August 4 if endorsed.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, these companies, under the banner of the trade group BSA, are voicing their support for Apple. They argue against the use of essential patents as a tool for implementing product bans, except in extraordinary situations.

The stance taken by these corporations highlights the broader industry concern over the implications of such legal actions on technological innovation and competition.

The core of the issue lies in the principles of FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing, which mandates that companies owning patented technologies must offer them to competitors at fair and reasonable rates. The fear among these tech leaders is that the ITC’s decision could pave the way for companies to leverage patent rights excessively, coercing rivals into paying inflated royalties under the threat of product bans.

AT&T has expressed specific concerns regarding the impact of the ban on its customers, particularly those seeking affordable entry-level options like the iPhone 4.

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