Court says Samsung, Apple copied

2012-08-24 08:30

Seoul - A Seoul court ruled on Friday that Apple and Samsung had infringed on each other's patents on mobile devices, and ordered a partial ban on sales of their products in South Korea.

The court ruling comes as the two firms are locked in a bitter patent battle that could determine their fight for supremacy in the global smartphone market.

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Apple breached two of Samsung's technology patents, and ordered it to pay 40 million won ($35 242) in damages, court officials said.

It also ordered Samsung to pay 25 million won for violating one of Apple's patents, Yonhap news agency said.

The court said the firms must halt sales of infringing products in South Korea, according to Dow Jones Newswires which said the banned products did not include the latest models of Samsung and Apple devices.


Samsung filed a lawsuit against Apple in Seoul in April 2011 regarding infringement of patents related to telecommunications standards.

Apple responded in June by filing a counter suit claiming Samsung copied the design and user interface of its iPhone and iPad.

The split ruling is not expected to make any impact on the broader dispute which involves legal action in several nations including the US and Australia.

The South Korean decision comes ahead of a high-stakes US jury verdict that is expected to signal the future course of the rival firms' tussle for smartphone supremacy.

In the US court, Apple is seeking more than $2.5bn after accusing the Korean firm of infringing designs and other patents. Samsung says Apple infringed its patents for wireless communication.

It is one of several legal cases around the world involving the two electronics giants in the hottest part of the tech sector - tablet computers and smartphones.

While the results so far have been mixed in courts in Europe and Australia, Samsung has a lot at stake in the US case, which could result in large damages or injunctions against its products in the American market.

A recent survey by research firm IDC showed Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the smartphone market in the second quarter despite slowing demand for mobile phones.

Samsung shipped 50.2 million smartphones globally in the April - June period, while Apple sold 26 million iPhones. IDC said Samsung held 32.6% of the market to 16.9% for Apple.

Samsung has steadfastly denied abusing Apple patents and countered in court that Apple has been taking advantage of some of the South Korean company's patented technology for wireless connections.

  • bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-08-24 08:56

    Very interesting! I am surprised that Samsung have more market share. On the other hand, the have more than a quarter of the worlds population!

      robert.m.farlane - 2012-08-24 09:00

      Actually South Korea's population is roughly the size of South Africa's although their landmass is roughly that of the Western Cape, very far from a quarter of the worlds population indeed!

      Spiral - 2012-08-24 09:17

      they might have market share, but apple is still a more valuable company... makes you think

      Mark - 2012-08-24 09:18

      Apple has more of a cult consumer following and Samsung has more of a realistic consumer driven market.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-08-24 09:25

      Dude, you need to go back to school and get your facts straight

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-08-24 09:28

      He really has to go and learn some geography. Instead of going back to school though, you can cjeck out the website or the for all you need to know about a country. Then come back to comment.

      ben.nel2 - 2012-08-24 09:41

      Dumber than a bag of hammers

      kseyffert - 2012-08-24 16:39

      More about there platform being open than anything else. The only way to make Apple great is to jail break it. Sad but true. jail breaking is of course illegal in most countries so it follows that a product that does not need it is going to sell better. Besides, you can get free apps for apple's rivals but not for apple. Why would anyone want to buy apple?

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-24 09:47

    Doesn't matter, apples products has been using Samsung technology for a whole.

  • king.k.zee - 2012-08-24 11:18

    Apple has 1 phone model, 1 ios, every one year... For a company selling 1 device to the entire world every year.... They doing a hell of a good JOB! Samsung has 20 something phones all being sold around the world, they should naturally be selling more. 1 device VS 25 device, you conclude. #teamapple

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-24 12:11

      I conclude that samsung has a mind for those who can't afford the most overpriced product. Apple has one very expensive model, and each year they release the same phone with 1 or two small improvements. Their biggest customer is the person that takes pride in saying "I have the latest product." Apple forced Samsung into never-ending legal battles to try and eliminate a legitimate competitor... Besides the fact that each of their devices has more than one of Samsungs components... -good guy Samsung

  • mbonyathi - 2012-08-24 11:58

    FACT: Samsung rules

  • chris.venter.39 - 2012-08-24 16:13

    I once wanted an iPad and iPhone, but have not regretted getting my Galaxy Note. Personal preference. My wife also got an S3 instead of an iPhone and couldn't be happier, but she also has an iPad, although she is not all that happy with it. Who knows what the verdict will be in 12 months' time. To each his own I suppose.

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