Apple wins against Samsung in South Korea
Samsung asked for $100 million for damages and a ban on some Apple devices in South Korea
The battle between Apple and Samsung started on the market since day 1, but in 2011 it spread across courtrooms all over the world when Apple started numerous of legal cases against Samsung for copying Apple’s iconic design. According to Apple, this has never been about money and patents, but about protection of intellectual property and hard work.
The company’s vice president Phil Schiller has spoken about the damages that Samsung’s devices inflict on Apple’s products and how much it has become harder for the manufacturer to get new customers to its ecosystem.
Recently, the trial that had been set to reduce the damages against Apple was dismissed and Samsung ended up owing Apple $1 billion. It’s a fact that touch-screen phones with big screens existed before Apple, so whether Samsung did copy Apple iPhone and Apple iPad ‘s unique design, it’s not our business to give claims. We certainly don’t want to end up in the same courtroom with Apple, do we?
As every action leads to counter-action, recently things became more interesting as Samsung also sued Apple for stealing intellectual property. According to the Korean company, Apple has been infringing its patents on short message display methods as well as message-grouping features. Samsung asked for $100 million for damages and a ban on some Apple devices in South Korea. The judge ruled in Apple’s favour, claiming that Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 5 and Apple iPad 2 do not infringe the patents of Samsung, so such a ban couldn’t be requested. Apple’s spokesman in Korea Steve Park shared his relief that the Koran court has served justice in standing against Samsung’s claims. It’s expected for Samsung to review the ruling soon and to make a decision whether to appeal or not.
‘As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights,’ Samsung said in a statement.