Apple scores another huge legal victory over Samsung in South Korea

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on today lost its bid to ban sales of the Apple older iPhone and the iPad in South Korea after a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. firm had infringed on three of Samsung’s mobile patents. The lawsuit was part of the tech giants’ global courtroom battle dating to 2011, when Apple first sued Samsung for copying the look and feel of its iconic iPhone and iPad.

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A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said Apple products such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad2 did not violate Samsung patents on short message display methods and messaging grouping features.  The court ruled against a sales ban on the products and threw out Samsung’s claim for 100 million won ($95,100) in damages. In a separate ruling in August last year, the same court ordered Apple to pay Samsung 40 million won in damages for infringing two of the South Korean firm’s wireless technology patents.

In the same judgment, Samsung was fined 25 million received for breaking a patent regarding the so-called bouncing-back function utilized when scrolling electronic documents.

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