Apple and Samsung are at each others’ throats not only on the market, but also in courtroom across the world, since 2011, when Apple sued Samsung for allegedly copying the “iconic design” of its iPhone (and later, iPad). Every since, there’s been back and forth, with both companies scoring wins against each other — in different courtrooms — with the latest going to Apple.
Even more recently, the situation becomes interesting: Apple wins in South Korean court against Samsung. It’s an important win, specifically because it’s happening in Samsung’s backyard. The Galaxy S 4-maker claimed that Apple was infringing its patents on short message display methods and messaging grouping features, asking for 100 million won ($95,100) in damages, as well as a ban on some Apple products.
Since, according to the judge, the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 are not infringing Samsung’s patents, a ban can not be requested (and imposed). Apple Korea’s spokesman, Steve Park, said the company is “glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.”
Samsung will review the ruling and will decide whether to appeal or not; the company statement says: “as Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights“.