South Korea Delays iPhone, iPad Sales Ban

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Apple can continue to sell iOS devices in South Korea thanks to a Seoul court's ruling. The company has been facing a ban on sales after a finding that its mobile devices infringe on Samsung-owned patents.

South Korea says iPhone, iPad can still be sold in the country for now.South Korea says iPhone, iPad can still be sold in the country for now.

Apple requested the delay last month in an effort to keep the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 on store shelves in the country. The court's decision means the injunction won't go in effect until after the appeals process is completed.

Both Apple and Samsung have been facing the possibility of a sales ban following an August 24 ruling that they are infringing on each other's mobile device patents. Along with the iPhone 3GS and 4, and iPad and iPad 2, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S and Galaxy S II are on the list of blocked devices.

Apple was also ordered to pay 20 million won (about US$17,650) each for the two Samsung patents named in the case.

The U.S. patent infringement suit the two companies were fighting in August was a more definitive win for Apple when a jury found that Samsung willfully infringed on nearly every patent listed in the complaint. The jury found that Apple, however, wasn't infringing on Samsung's mobile device patents.

Samsung spokesperson Nam Ki Yung told Bloomberg that the company didn't have any comment on whether or not it planned to file its own request to delay the South Korean sales ban on its products.

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