Apple, Samsung banned from selling some devices in South Korea (updated)
The Associated Press and Wall Street Journal report that Apple and Samsung have each been ordered to stop selling certain devices in South Korea, with a court ruling that Apple and Samsung have infringed on each other's patents. The companies are also ordered to pay damages.
The ban affects some models of iPads and iPhones, but the AP was not specific on which ones are banned. We'll update this article as we get more information.
Update: Bloomberg reports that the South Korean ruling says Apple infringed on two of Samsung's patents, and Samsung infringed on one of Apple's. The story also notes that Apple's component orders make up about 9 percent of Samsung's revenue, putting Apple at #1 on Samsung's customer list.
The Wall Street Journal's Evan Ramstad said on Twitter that most of the infringing products are no longer sold in South Korea, and that this likely will not affect other courtroom battles between the companies.
Update: Samsung must pay Apple 25 million won (US$22,000) for violating patents that cover the bounce-back feature found on Apple's iOS devices. This allows the screen to bounce back when a user has dragged an item like an image past its boundaries. The court also ruled that Apple violated Samsung's patents covering wireless networking technology and was fined 40 million won ($35,000).
The court put a ban in place that halts the sales of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1 tablet. This ban is not expected to have a material impact on Apple as South Korea is not a big market for the Cupertino company. Both Apple and Samsung can appeal the District Court's decision.
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