It must be tough when you can’t win on your own home turf, right? Samsung found that out when South Korea’s Seoul Central District Court deemed that Apple had not violated mobile messaging patents.
The lawsuit by Samsung was a means of blocking the sale of Apple’s devices in South Korea. This blow comes a year or so after court ruled that Apple had infringed on other patents. As a result, Samsung didn’t get the $95,000 in damages either and older iPhone and iPads will continue to be sold in the country.
Following the decision Apple released a statement saying, “We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.”
Samsung made it clear that they would continue to protect their IP rights. They also expressed their disappointment in the decision. Samsung has seen victories outside of South Korea and the U.S this week when a German court threw out Apple’s claim.
On the United States front of the Samsung vs. Apple, last month a San Jose jury ruled that Samsung would have to pay $290 million to Apple. That is in addition to other money they won in previous cases.
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