A South Korean court today banned the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad 2 and a number of Samsung smartphones and tablets after finding both companies guilty of infringing on each others’ patents, AppleInsider has reported.
In what seems to be a tit-for-tat case, Samsung is suing Apple in Korea after Apple filed suit against Samsung in the United States, a case that is continuing.
The judgment stopped sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus smartphones and Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets, the report says, after Samsung was found in violation of Apple’s “rubber-banding” patent. Apple, in turn, was found to infringe on some wireless technology patents held by Samsung, and ordered to stop sales of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
“Especially telling was the three-judge panel’s ruling that there was ‘no possibility’ that a consumer would confuse the two companies’ smartphones,” AppleInsider says, “and that Samsung’s UI iconography doesn’t infringe on Apple’s patent. The two claims are at the heart of the Cupertino tech giant’s US case. Overall, the court ruled Apple infringed on two Samsung patents, while Samsung infringed on one Apple property.”
Apple was ordered to pay 20 million won (A$17,000) in damages for each of two patent infringements, while Samsung has to pay 25 million won (A$21,000) for one infringement. At the start of the trial, each company sought 100 million won (A$85,000).