Updated: 25/08/2012 01:19 | By pa.press.net

Samsung edges Apple in court ruling

A South Korean court has ruled that technology giants Apple and Samsung infringed each other's patents, and ordered a partial ban of their products in the country.


A court in South Korea ordered Apple to remove several of its products from stores, but the iPhone 4S was unaffected by the ruling (© AP)

A court in South Korea ordered Apple to remove several of its products from stores, but the iPhone 4S was unaffected by the ruling (AP)

A South Korean court has ruled that technology giants Apple and Samsung infringed each other's patents, and ordered a partial ban of their products in the country.

But the court denied accusations that Samsung copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.

Seoul Central District Court ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from stores in South Korea, ruling that the products infringed on two of Samsung's five disputed patents, including those for telecommunications technology.

The court also denied Apple's claim that Samsung had illegally copied its design.

But the court also ruled that South Korean firm Samsung infringed one of Apple's patents related to the screen's bounce-back feature, which causes the screen to bounce back when a user scrolls to an end image.

The court banned sales of products using the technology, including the Galaxy S2, in South Korea. Sales of devices recently released by Samsung and Apple - including the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones - were not affected.

Court spokesman Kim Mun-sung said the court's ruling takes effect immediately, although companies often request that sanctions be suspended while they evaluate their legal options. Nam Ki-young, a spokesman for Samsung, said the company has not decided what its next legal step might be. Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

The court ordered each company to pay monetary compensation to its competitor. Samsung must pay Apple 25 million won (£14,000) while Apple must pay its rival 40 million won (£22,000).

Legal experts not directly involved in the case said the ruling is favourable to Samsung since the company has won rare recognition from a court - that Apple infringed its wireless patents, which had been denied by courts in Europe.

"This is basically Samsung's victory on its home territory," said patent attorney Jeong Woo-sung. "Out of nine countries, Samsung got the ruling that it wanted for the first time in South Korea."

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