Apple victorious in legal battle against Samsung in South Korea

By on December 12, 2013, 2:15 PM
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Samsung recently lost a bid that would have banned select Apple iPhones and iPads from being sold in the company's home country of South Korea. According to Reuters, a judge in the Seoul Central District Court threw out Samsung’s request to have Apple products banned from store shelves in addition to denying the tech giant’s request for 100 million won ($95,100) in damages.

Apple Korea spokesperson Steve Park said they were glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung ridiculous claims.

A spokesperson for Samsung said they were disappointed by the court’s decision and noted that as Apple has continued to infringe on their patented mobile technologies, they will continue to take the measures necessary to protect their intellectual property rights.

It was Samsung’s claim that Apple had violated patents related to short message display methods and group messaging features on various iDevices including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the iPad 2. The judge reportedly said the patents lacked progressivity and could easily be developed by other companies.

It’s the latest chapter in the long-running dispute between the two companies that dates back to early 2011. Since then, dozens of battles have been waged in courtrooms around the globe. In one of the more recent verdicts, a California jury awarded Apple $290 million as part of a retrial in which Cupertino was initially granted $1.05 billion in damages.




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Guest said:

It's a dark day for any and every Innovation. Samsung, the pioneer of touchscreen smartphones, cannot protect their Innovation even in their home land! Apple, who stole Samsung's ideas (by inventing a time machine and traveling a few years ahead) refuses to pay. And since Samsung was caught paying bloggers and forum commenters to post in their favour, nobody supports them on the Web anymore. Oh well, I'll go out and buy the best thing that Samsung makes: a vacuum cleaner. I think they should stick to them, it's so much safer than to compete with such terrible, shameless sharks as Apple. They could make a vacuum cleaner that runs Android! That would be Innovation! It won't clean much, but will download lots of viruses and have a curved touchscreen.

RzmmDX said:

It's a dark day for any and every Innovation. Samsung, the pioneer of touchscreen smartphones, cannot protect their Innovation even in their home land! Apple, who stole Samsung's ideas (by inventing a time machine and traveling a few years ahead) refuses to pay. And since Samsung was caught paying bloggers and forum commenters to post in their favour, nobody supports them on the Web anymore. Oh well, I'll go out and buy the best thing that Samsung makes: a vacuum cleaner. I think they should stick to them, it's so much safer than to compete with such terrible, shameless sharks as Apple. They could make a vacuum cleaner that runs Android! That would be Innovation! It won't clean much, but will download lots of viruses and have a curved touchscreen.

Not sure if trolling... Samsung should be making robot vacuum cleaners running android controllable by their phones.

wastedkill said:

$95,100 in damages... lol!

"Apple Korea spokesperson Steve Park said they were glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung ridiculous claims."

Erm.. real innovation... you do understand that the SK judge has a IQ above 85 which in turn makes this judge understand that stuff like curved edges arent patent worthy and it takes a full on tard to think that a iphone is hard to differentiate to a galaxy phone.

We need more judges from south korea atleast then we wont have most of the patent trolls around today.

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