South Korean court bans Apple and Samsung devices for patent infringement


The patent war between Apple and Samsung has many fronts. Before we heard that Samsung lost a billion dollar case in the US on Friday, a three-judge panel in the Seoul Central District Court found that both companies had infringed patents and decided on a limited ban on national sales of various devices.

These devices banned from sale in South Korea:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPad
  • iPad 2
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S
  • Galaxy S2
  • Galaxy Tab
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1

Just to make that slap on the wrist sting a little more, the court also imposed fines for damages of $35,300 on Apple and $22,000 on Samsung. Apparently, Samsung was found guilty of violating Apple’s “bounce back” patent, a feature that lets you know when you’ve scrolled to the end of something with a fun little animation. Apple’s infringement related to Samsung’s telecom standards and technology concerned with the transfer and transmission of data between devices.

It’s nice to see both sides losing out in the courtroom, but these paltry fines are hardly going to discourage them. The sales bans should have more of an impact, but since they are related to older devices it seems unlikely that either company will be overly concerned.

This battle, on home turf for Samsung, is a sideshow to the main event. In the U.S. trial Apple now seeking to ban many Samsung devices and Samsung is itching for an appeal.