Three iPhones and four iPads face ban in Korea but Samsung could save the day

Three iPhones and four iPads face ban in Korea but Samsung could save the day

As part of an ongoing patent dispute between the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Apple, the latter company is facing an import ban on a number of its products including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X, and four iPad models. Rather ironically, though, it could be Samsung that saves the day.

The original dispute between the KAIST and Apple originated when the former accused the iPhone giant of infringing upon its FinFET-related patent. Now, because Apple’s chips do use this technology, the logical outcome would be in favor of the KAIST. But the actual dispute doesn’t lie there. Instead, Apple is claiming that the patent the KAIST currently holds is invalid, something Samsung agrees with.

On the other side of the Pacific, Apple’s South Korean rival is involved in litigation against the KAIST and it too is claiming that the latter’s patent is invalid. Interestingly, though, it appears the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy is paying close attention to what happens over in the US. After all, Samsung has reportedly submitted strong evidence that backs up its position.

At this moment in time, the final Apple v. the KAIST conclusion is looking like it will favor the latter after two extensions of the investigation period. If this does indeed happen, the Silicon Valley-based giant will face a ban on the devices mentioned above and may need to pay the KAIST in order to continue selling its devices over in Samsung’s homeland. However, if rival Samsung wins its case over in the US, Apple may avoid all of this.



1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple only wants money.... For them money is everything. The most inhuman company in the history.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

If ever money is everything than everyother company which asks you for your money is greedy(inhuman in your words). They all want your money so that they can create and give you something great which makes your life better. No one is here to give you there hard made tech free for you. Fun fact : The most “inhuman” company is also engaged in charity works.

8. whatev

Posts: 2319; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Samsung is an evil company, it has poisoned its employees, it’s been involved in one of the most terrible corruption cases in Korea, it has cheated on benchmarks, it has also paid trolls like you to bash other companies on tech blogs and YouTube, also it took long for them to recall the note 7 after a lot of victims and humiliation for its users, Apple the trillion $ company (which haunts trolls in their minds) can’t relate

11. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

As if Apple is innocent of any wrong doing.

13. whatev

Posts: 2319; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

No, but is not an “inhuman” company as the troll above is saying, like the others companies didn’t care about money either, that’s the reason why all of them exist

15. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

UT apple has gotten in trouble for work conditions and child labor.

14. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hahah waht a joke.

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Ban, and make them pay. Apple continues to steal other people IP, yet has the opacity to sue people claiming they stole stuff from them. Ban and make them pay. They need to start paying for what they steal.

9. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

You read the article right? Both and Apple and Samsung are involved in a lawsuit with KAIST and both of them are arguing that the patents are invalid.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Of course he didn’t read. Reading requires effort, something he never gives to any task.

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The symbiotic relationship between Apple inc and Samsung continues. They need each other and should just bury that hatched and even work together on some projects. These are Strange times and strange things can happen. (Just read a Times article where women can now punish men for ignoring them ( It's call Ignore Rape! I am not kidding!! 3rd wave Feminist want it to become law that if you ignore a woman in a dating relationship or you break off the relationship without her consent it is rape). Strange times indeed.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This relates to if you don't answer voice or text messages from her < effectively Ghosting her> you are a rapist! Just Wow!!! What is going on at our university?

5. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Another apple troll! This is what happen when you got a lot of cash. Patent troll from side by side. They just want apple’s cash. Envy like Samsung trying to be apple by diversifying its products aka building its own ecosystem under google spy.

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

How old are you? Do your parents know that you are on internet?

10. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have decided he or she is about 13 to 15, lol

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