No home court advantage for Samsung; South Korean judge refuses to ban Apple iPhone and Apple iPad

No home court advantage for Samsung; South Korean judge refuses to ban Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
Poor Samsung. Constantly finding itself on the short end of U.S. court decisions, you would have thought that having the home court advantage in South Korea would help turn things around. Instead, Judge Shim Woo-yong ruled on Thursday against Samsung and refused to issue a sales ban on some Apple products in the country. The judge ruled that the Apple iPhone 4s, Apple iPhone 5 and the Apple iPad 2 did not infringe on Samsung's patents on short message display methods and features for message grouping. In all, there were three of Samsung's patents involved in the court's ruling.

The Seoul Central District Court also ruled against the South Korean based OEM's request for 100 million won ($95,100 USD) in damages. Samsung said it will take time to review the ruling before deciding whether or not to appeal it. Last August, the same court awarded Samsung 40 million won ($38,400 USD) from Apple as the court decided that the Cupertino based firm had infringed on a pair of Samsung's patents. But at the same time, Apple was awarded 25 million won ($23,775 USD) from Samsung. The judge ruled that the latter had infringed on Apple's bounce back patent that allows a list scrolled by a phone's user to "bounce back" after the end of the list has been reached.

Recently, a court in Mannheim, Germany dismissed a case in which Apple was suing Samsung for using one of its utility patents. The Apple patents involved dealt with a multi-language function used in smartphones.


source: Reuters

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35 Comments

34. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

When it comes to protectionism, we know how it works.

24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Jingoism prevails over principles of Natural Justice in America. I say this as most Indians know how Merica protects the culprit -- Warren Anderson -- of Bhopal Gas Disaster which killed, disabled thousands of humans (not Americans though).

23. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

$95,100? Why was this even brought up in court, damages that low aren't worth the effort unless SS was positioning for future lawsuits.

20. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Justice served. The case was too obvious. Sammy sued Apple just to make a lawsuit case for press releases. Even worse, two of Sammy's very questionable patents are invalidated at the same time.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If only US courts could be this fair.

13. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Korean pres should just pull an Obama and ban Apple under his own jurisdiction.

12. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

2 thumbs up! this clearly shows that South Korean court is not biased, unlike those pathetic Americans. keep it up, well done :)

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Another day, another case...

4. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

Fortunately, there is justice in Korea

19. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Well, occasionally. But in general, much worse than the US court.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Now if we could just get some in the US courts.

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The judge should have screwed Apple over as a message to Obama and the US courts. Too bad. Missed opportunity to teach Americans a valuable lesson.

5. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

too bad, there is no fanboyism in the court.

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

There was in US courts and the president stuck his nose in. I guess that is why America pisses everyone off, even Canadians.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shhhhhhhhhhh, there there it's ok. Baby want him binky?

35. bibekpachhai unregistered

'Murrica

28. techaman unregistered

its all fanboyism judges kid wants a iphone so she can be like the other girls, so dont ban it just like america.

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims."

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I am sad the American court doesn't joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation, not rounded corner, bound-back or swipe-to-unlock and still accepted Apple's stupid claims.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

say what now?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Huh???

32. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So, if there is so much "bribery and corruption" which in your opinion Samsung is guilty of according to the article you dug up, is it any wonder that the same corrupt standards you claim against Sammy can be used to argue that "fruit" penetrated the Korean judicial system to get the verdict?

1. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

ha! HOT TO THE TOUCH!

8. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

I think the losers here are Americans; sorry that I said so. South Korean court has set an example to emulate especially courts in America where they in many occasion find Samsung guilty. There is JUSTICE in South Korea and I believe American court can do more than that. Let's all accommodate one another!

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

There are neither losers nor are they winners, do you realize that Sammy is the giant that ate up South Korea? Justice is served when the ruling goes in this favor.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tax-evasion-bribery-and-pricefixing-how-samsung-became-the-giant-that-ate-korea-8510588.html

14. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Whoa! That was an interesting article. "Tax evasion, bribery and price-fixing: How Samsung became the giant that ate Korea" The headline says it all. +1

21. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Nothing new here. Everyone know that Samsung is very low morale company. They shamelessly do bribery, evade taxes, copy others ideas and designs, hire people to bash competitors etc. Shamesung shame on you

22. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

The consumers are the losers more often than not.

18. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Without Americans, Kim would be ruling at South Korea. In that case Samsung would be prevented to copy capitalist technology!

27. techaman unregistered

with out sk america would be in the crap house no tech apples does not make phones here they make them other that side of the planet to make them selves money and make deals with other companys about pat. lending so they dont get sued all the time, without samsungs patents you would not have the 3g tech or many others you use everyday.

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