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