South Korea Court Blocks Apple & Samsung Sales in Patent Trial

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The panel of Judges overseeing Apple and Samsung’s patent infringement trial in South Korea ruled on Friday that both companies have used each other’s patents without proper licensing. As part of that ruling, the two companies have been ordered to stop selling several of their mobile devices including the iPhone 4, iPad 2, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1, in the country.

Court rules Apple and Samsung have to stop selling some devices in South KoreaCourt rules Apple and Samsung have to stop selling some devices in South Korea

Samsung was also ordered to halt sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones, according to the Wall Street Journal. The electronics maker must pay Apple 25 million won (about US$22,000) for violating Apple’s patent covering the bounce back effect when a window stops scrolling, too.

The court ruled that Apple must pay 20 million won (about $17,650) for each of the two Samsung patents they say the iPhone and iPad maker violated.

While the court said Apple can’t sell the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 in South Korea, it will allow the iPhone 4S and third generation iPad to stay in stores. The court also said that there is “no possibility” that consumers could confuse Samsung’s mobile devices for the iPhone or iPad.

Apple and Samsung’s verdict in South Korea came only days after a jury in California began deliberating in a Federal trial over similar patent infringement claims. In the U.S. case, both sides claim the other company is using patents without proper licensing, and Apple has also accused Samsung of blatantly copying the iPad’s look and feel.

Apple is claiming Samsung owes US$2.5 billion for patent infringement, and Samsung claims Apple owes 2.4 percent of all iPhone sales for using its patents without proper licensing.

Apple and Samsung can both appeal the South Korean court’s ruling.

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