South Korean Court Says Apple Didn’t Violate Three Samsung Patents

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The Seoul Central District Court ruled on Wednesday that Apple wasn't infringing on three Samsung patents. Businessweek reported that the court dismissed Samsung's claims, saying that technologies covered by two of the patents could be easily developed, while Apple didn't violate the third patent at all.

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Samsung had been asking for a sales ban on six iPhone and iPad models, as well as 100 million Korean won (~US$95,000) in damages. The judge dismissed both claims.

This is a blow for South Korea-based Samsung, as the courts in its back yard are the only ones the electronics giant has been able to score a victory against Apple. Indeed, this same court ruled last year that Apple and Samsung were both infringing on each others patents. This time around, however, Samsung came up empty.

"We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims," Apple Inc. spokesman Steve Park told Businessweek.

For its part, Samsung issued a statement saying, "As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights."

Apple and Samsung continue to fight other infringement battles in other countries, including the U.S., where Samsung is appealing a US$930 damages award won by Apple, and an entirely new case is just getting off the ground.

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Wow, if they can’t win in SK courts any more…

Lee Dronick

Yeah wow!


Given that Koreans are one of the most devoted homers in the world, this says a lot about a.) how weak Samsung’s case is, and b.) how even rabid homerism is not enough to overcome the Korean courts’ fears of turning into the laughing stock of the judicial world.  I suppose judges have a little more self-respect than Olympic boxers.


Hello Bryan:

Just got back and catching up on my TMO reading.

This had to hurt. This is humiliation unalloyed, complete loss of face. Samsung can continue to beat their own drum about being infringed upon, but other than one dodgy UK judge now on their payroll, no court and no credentialed analyst is supporting any of their claims. Added to that insult now comes the injury of a public slap in the face by their home court.

I remain curious as to whether the court of world opinion will, at some point, weigh in with a measurable impact on their sales. For now, their oiled Teflon coating continues to give them a pass.

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