Apple, Samsung Both Losers in South Korea Court

Paul Lilly

The high profile trial between Apple and Samsung in the U.S. has yet to be decided, but in a South Korean court, a three-judge panel ruled that both firms are infringing on each other. Both were awarded damages, and hit with with sales bans to infringing smartphones and tablets, although not any of the newer devices, including the iPhone 4S, iPad, or Samsung Galaxy S III.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal , the judges found Apple in violation of two Samsung technology patents, and Samsung in violation of a single Apple patent. Even though both lost, Samsung has more to celebrate, as the South Korean court is the first to side with the firm in the argument that its standards-related patents are undervalued. The ruling gives Samsung ammunition in other related cases.

"We welcome today’s ruling, which affirms our position that Apple has been using our mobile telecommunications standards patents without having obtained the necessary licenses," Samsung said in a statement , according to Bloomberg. "Today’s ruling also affirmed our position that one single company cannot monopolize generic design features."

Barring an appeal, Aplpe must cease sales of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and first and second generation iPad devices in South Korea. Samsung, meanwhile, was ordered to stop selling a dozen products, including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Tab, all effective immediately.

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