Apple scores legal victory over Samsung in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple

Inc's older iPhone and iPad in South Korea, as

a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S.

firm had infringed three of Samsung's mobile


The lawsuit was part of the tech giants' global

courtroom battle dating back to 2011, when

Apple first sued Samsung for copying the look

and feel of its iconic iPhone and iPad.

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 sale 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


In the same ruling, Samsung was fined 25

million won for violating a patent relating to

the so-called bouncing-back function use

when scrolling electronic documents.

Apple and Samsung have gone to trial twice in

the past two years in a San Jose, California

federal court, where juries have awarded Apple

roughly $930 million in damages.

($1 = 1052.2000 Korean won)

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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