The ITC recently gave a verdict on a matter brought up by Samsung, which claimed that Apple infringed on some of its patents. On Monday, a formal ban on sales of some older iPhone and iPad models was to go in place as a result of the iTC’s ruling. The U.S. President has a 60 day period to review the decision, and from now on, the ban on older Apple devices stands vetoed. The last time such an intervention was made by an administration against an ITC ruling was back in 1987.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman writes in the veto sent to ITC Chairman Irving Williamson that the administration made this decision considering the effect the ruling would have made on “competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” Samsung said in a statement that it is “disappointed” that the ITC’s ruling has been vetoed, whereas Apple states that it applauds the administration for “standing up for innovation.” Both companies are actively pursuing legal action against each other on patent claims and that’s not going to end any time soon, but this is certainly a win for Apple.