Friday, August 24, 2012

Samsung and Apple both lose in patent fight - in South Korea

The Apple - Samsung trial has concluded, and both OEMs were in guilty of violating the other company's patents. However, to be clear, this isn't the result you are probably most concerned with, the one taking place in a San Jose, Calif. courthouse, but rather one in South Korea.

On Friday, in South Korea, the Seoul Central District Court said that iPhone-maker Apple violated two Samsung patents related to mobile-data transfer technology, but that Samsung, the world’s largest mobile-phone maker, infringed on one Apple patent related to a “bounce-back” touchscreen feature.
The court ruled, though, that Samsung did not copy the iPhone's design, something being contested in the U.S. case.

As both companies "lost," both must halt South Korean sales of some of their smartphones and tablets as well as pay damages. In neither case are the devices involved the companies' latest. Both the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S III, which were released after the lawsuits were filed, are untouched by the sales bans.

Im Jeong Jae, a Seoul-based fund manager at Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management Co., said his company was unsurprised by the ruling.

“The ruling is in line with what we had expected. What’s important is how the verdict that’s coming out soon in the U.S. will affect other pending cases in places like Europe and Australia.”

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Under the ruling, Apple must stop selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 in South Korea. Samsung must stop selling 12 products, including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab. Apple must pay Samsung 40 million won, or $35,000, and Samsung must pay Apple 25 million won, or $22,000.

The jury in the San Jose case remains in deliberation, and the nine-person panel, which had been scheduled to work from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, told the court they would be staying an extra hour.  That could mean they are close to a decision in the hotly contested court battle.

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