South Korean government wades into Apple vs Samsung waters

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It’s been a rough few days for Samsung.

First, the Obama administration banned an earlier choice by the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban certain Apple products from U.S. import. And today, Samsung’s business value was cut by even more than $1 billion (about ₤ 65.1 m, AU$ 1.12 b) in light of the veto.

At least Sammy has one advocate in its edge, a powerful one to boot.

“We specific troubles about the negative effect that such a choice would’ve on the protection of patent rights, ” the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Market & Energy said in a statement about the veto, as reported by ZDNet.

Expressing concern seems about as effective as “I am thinking about watering the yard, ” but remember we are handling foreign governments today. The UNITED STATE and South Korea are close politically and economically, so for the Korean government to note it’s seeing the circumstance closely and does not like exactly what it sees is a rather huge deal.

I have got my eyes on you

Samsung won an import ban on the AT&T variations of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3 and iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G in June. The Obama administration, stepping in for the first time on an ITC choice since 1987, mentioned “undue leverage” troubles as a reason for disapproving the Apple ban.

The South Korean Ministry will keep its attention switched on the U.S. today as Samsung deals with a comparable ban for several Galaxy products, including the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We intend to see a reasonable and affordable decision on the issue, ” the agency’s statement read.

A choice on those products is prepared for Friday. Must an import order boil down, Samsung is anticipated to push for a veto the same as the one given Apple.