South Korea Bans Certain Apple and Samsung Devices

According to reports from The Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal, a South Korean court has issued a directive to Apple and Samsung to cease the sales of certain smartphone and tablet models. This decision comes after findings that both tech giants have infringed upon each other’s intellectual property. Additionally, the court has mandated both companies to compensate for damages.

Specific models affected by the ban include select iPads and iPhones, though detailed specifics were not disclosed by the AP.

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Update: Bloomberg has elaborated that the court’s decision includes Apple’s infringement on two of Samsung’s patents and Samsung’s infringement on one of Apple’s patents. It is noted that Apple is a significant customer for Samsung, accounting for approximately 9 percent of its total revenue.

Evan Ramstad from the Wall Street Journal mentioned via Twitter that most of the products in question are no longer available for sale in South Korea. He also suggested that this ruling is unlikely to influence other ongoing legal disputes between the two companies.

Update: The court has ordered Samsung to pay Apple 25 million won (approximately US$22,000) for patent infringements related to the bounce-back feature on iOS devices, which reacts when a user scrolls beyond the screen’s edge.

Conversely, Apple has been fined 40 million won (around $35,000) for infringing on Samsung’s wireless technology patents.

A sales ban has been implemented on several older models including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2, and several Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy 10.1 tablet. This ban is not anticipated to significantly impact Apple’s sales in South Korea, a relatively smaller market for the company. Both corporations have the option to appeal the decision of the District Court.

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