In an Investigation, 337-TA-794, having widespread ramifications when the White House disapproved the Commission’s determination to issue an exclusion order by letter of August 3, 2013, from U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, acting on authority from the President, the Federal Circuit on Wednesday, May 14 halted Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s quest to obtain an exclusion order on one remaining standard-essential patent in the investigation.  In a unanimous, one-sentence order in Samsung Electronics Co. v. U.S. International Trade Commission, Appeal No. 13-1519, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Commission’s ruling that Apple Inc.’s iPad and iPhone did not infringe Samsung’s U.S. Patent Number 7,486,644, a standard-essential patent covering a method of transmitting data on a mobile network.  Samsung had accused Apple of infringing several patents, and the ITC found that Apple did not infringe several of the patents, but did infringe U.S. Patent Number 7,706,348, a patent declared essential to the 3G wireless standard.  The ITC had ordered exclusion and cease and desist orders on imports of older iPhone and iPad models, but the Obama administration disapproved the remedial orders, expressing concern that in this instance an exclusion order on a standard-essential patent would be contrary to the public interest.  Samsung could not appeal the White House’s disapproval, but it did appeal the part of the ITC’s ruling that found Apple did not infringe the ’644 patent.