South Korea Court Rules Apple and Samsung Infringe Each Other's Patents

Posted August 24, 2012 at 6:05am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6841 views

In a split decision, a South Korea court ruled that Apple infringed two Samsung patents and Samsung infringed one Apple patent, according to the WSJ. The court awarded small damages to each company and said they must stop selling the infringing products, none of which are the latest model devices.

The judges ordered Apple to pay 20 million won, or $17,650 in damages for each violated patent. Samsung was ordered to pay 25 million won, or $22,000. Both companies had sought damages of 100 million won, or about $90,000, from the other.

The court said Samsung infringed Apple's patent for bounce-back technology-so called because when a user scrolls beyond the edge of a photo, Web page or document, it bounces back into place. The court banned sales of Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S, Galaxy SII and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1 tablet computers.


Notably the court also ruled that there was "no possibility" that customers would confuse Samsung's phones for the iPhone and also ruled that Samsung's icons don't infringe Apple's patents.

The companies can still appeal the ruling.

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King - August 24, 2012 at 4:02pm
Are iPhones and those Samsung phones and tablets banned from South Korea?
Hash - August 24, 2012 at 12:46pm
They were seeking $90,000 from each other!??!?!?!! $90,000?????? As in, less than 6 figures???? Apple and Samsung both make that in about 5 minutes... What a joke.
cc - August 24, 2012 at 11:45am
Good timing in order to influence the us trial.
Samsung=Shiite - August 24, 2012 at 7:55am
Well ain't that something..Koreans banning Korea crap phones
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