Samsung had brought up a patent infringement matter against Apple at the U.S. ITC, its ruling would have resulted in a sales ban on a few old Apple devices that were found to infringe on various Samsung patents. After the ITC makes such a ruling, the U.S. President has a 60 day period to review it and if necessary, veto the ruling. That is exactly what happened in this case, the Administration handed down a veto against banning sales of Apple devices. South Korea, home to Samsung, has expressed its concerns over this decision made by the Obama Administration.
The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy released a statement today saying that they express “concerns” over the negative impact that this decision might have on the protection of patent rights. The Ministry urged the Administration to make “fair and reasonable decisions.” It should be kept in mind that Samsung might face a sales ban on some of its devices as well, since Apple is alleging that the company’s devices infringe on its patents. On this particular matter, the ITC is expected to make a decision by Friday.