Will Obama play fair with Samsung?

When Apple was getting picked on over patents, the Obama administration stepped in to fix things. Samsung is asking for the same favor. Will the administration make it happen?

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) wants the same favor from President Barack Obama that he gave U.S.-based Apple Inc. (AAPL) — the right to keep importing smartphones and tablets found to infringe the other’s patents.

Unless the White House overturns an import ban against Samsung for infringing two Apple patents, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones will see certain older models locked out of the U.S. at midnight Oct. 8 Washington time.

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