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August 24, 2012

Apple, Samsung infringed each other’s mobile patents: South Korean court

The court ruled that the South Korean Samsung Electronics has not violated the iPhone design

By CBR Staff Writer

A South Korean court ruled that Apple and Samsung Electronics breached on each other’s mobile computing patents and banned both companies from selling some of their products in the country.

The three-judge pannel in the Seoul Central District Court ruled that the South Korean Samsung Electronics has not violated the iPhone design.

Apple was found to breach two Samsung technology patents, and fined KRW40m ($35,400) while Samsung was ordered to pay KRW25m for violating one of Apple’s patents.

Both the firms had sought damages of KRW100m, or about $90,000, from the other.

A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said: "There are lots of external design similarities between the iPhone and Galaxy S, such as rounded corners and large screens … but these similarities had been documented in previous products."

The court ordered Samsung to stop selling 10 products, including the Galaxy S II, and also banned sales of four Apple products, including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

Samsung filed a lawsuit against Apple in April 2011 in Seoul regarding braeching of patents, while Apple in response filed a counter lawsuit claiming Samsung copied design and certain features of its iPhone and iPad models.

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The South Korean court ruling comes ahead of US verdicts.

In the US, Apple is seeking damages of $2.5bn in the trial while Samsung is seeking 2.4% for each iPhone sold in the US.

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