Samsung loses to Apple in legal battle in own home turf

December 12, 2013
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If you're not tired of it all yet, here's another segment of the legal tug of war between frenemies Samsung and Apple. The news this time hails all the way from Samsung's home town of South Korea. Unfortunately for Samsung, the victory is Apple's.

It is common legal practice to counter sue a plaintiff based on the same or almost similar subjects. So when Apple sued Samsung for infringing on some of its patents and for gross imitation, Samsung also sued the Cupertino-based company for other patents. When Apple tried to get infringing Samsung products banned from import in the US, Samsung did likewise in South Korea.

However, the Seoul Central District Court did not see the situation the way Samsung did. It dismissed Samsung's claims that Apple's devices such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the iPad 2 infringed on its patents. The particular patents in question are related to messaging features. This same Korean court last year found both Samsung and Apple to have infringed on each other's patents.

With the dismissal of the case goes any chance of getting these devices banned from the country. Considering Apple has a considerable number of new devices in its aresnal, such a ban on those older devices might have been an exercise in futility anyway.

SOURCE: Reuters


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  • anywherehome

    this is good, but Apple still needs to die:

    Apple censoring iCloud emails and attachments.

    Apple omits (censores?) some words you’d like to send :)

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    “We are shameless about stealing great ideas.” So why do you patent stolen ideas like Rectangle, Side to unlock or Pinch to zoom, it is in a contradiction of the patents’ meaning….. The logic says you just want to monopolize market of phones and tablets with stolen and very very simple patents that shouldn’t have ever been patented.
    Italy fines Apple $1.2 million over AppleCare practices.

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    Apple want to destroy competitor with ridiculous patents, want to rule himself without any competition.

    Apple lies and steals ideas all the time…..what’s even worse directly in front of a judge…..still any one can trust them a word?

    sources here

    bit [dot] ly/RYzOPP

    • Marc

      I think Apple must stay for the same reasons you enumerated. In order for the competitors to work hard and for us to have good choices.

      • anywherehome

        not necessary….the world make apps and services, not operating systems ;)

    • Alec Smith

      Guess what buddy. Someone could easily make a list three times that big against Samsung if they wanted to waste their time like you

      • anywherehome

        not really, just try to find the same level rotten things made by Apple ;)

  • pindleton

    “This same Korean court last year found both Samsung and Apple to have infringed on each other’s patents.”

    This is really all that you need to know.

    They are both competing with each other, and therefore are prone to “steal” ideas from one another. This competition is good for we consumers. I personally prefer Android smart phones, but that doesn’t mean I want to see Apple disappear.

    Honestly, the problem here is this tit-for-tat lawyering by both sides to gain some sort of upperhand.