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08-24-2012, 12:12 AM #1
South Korean Court Bans Both Apple and Samsung Products
A South Korean court ruled today that Apple and Samsung infringed on each other’s patents and has banned the companies from selling the infringing devices in the country.
The three judge panel ruled that Apple violated two of Samsung’s wireless technology patents and Samsung violated a single Apple patent pertaining to bounce-back technology. Also, The judges ruled that there was “no possibility” that consumers would confuse the devices from the companies and rejected Apple’s design infringement claims.
While the judges did acknowledge a number of similarities in between Apple’s products and Samsung's, they argued the fact that the companies, you know, stamp their logos and branding all over the devices prevents consumer confusion.
"Given that it's very limited to make big design changes in touch-screen based mobile products in general...and the defendant [Samsung] differentiated its products with three buttons in the front and adopted different designs in camera and [on the] side, the two products have a different look.” — Seoul Court
Expect both companies to appeal the decisions and if need be eventually take the case to the South Korean Supreme Court.
Source: Reuters [via CNET]
08-24-2012, 12:28 AM #2
I like this approach, both sides lose. These lawsuits are getting old faster and faster.
08-24-2012, 12:32 AM #3
08-24-2012, 12:38 AM #4
Lol best results I think. Punish both of them one way or another.
08-24-2012, 12:43 AM #5
I wish the American patent system would do the same. Maybe they will both stay clear of abusing the broken patent system to control the market instead of innovation. And maybe Motorola and HTC will be able to catch up and produce high quality devices.
08-24-2012, 12:46 AM #6
Good one! They won't be bringing their future cases to those judges anytime soon!
08-24-2012, 12:49 AM #7
08-24-2012, 01:18 AM #8
I still cant help but think this all the Patents Office's fault..
08-24-2012, 01:23 AM #9
08-24-2012, 02:36 AM #10
This news cheered my day up.
I always got the impression that Apple was the originator of the frivolous litigation.
They should have a three strikes and you're out rule.
Three unsuccessful patent prosecutions within three years and you have to wait two years before you can lodge another one.
Another three within three years and you have to wait another five years and so on.
Apple would then be forced to rely on natural competition for success.
If only they had an idea just how much loathing their foot-stamping brattishness creates towards them.
While I love their products, I find myself utterly delighted every time I see Apple get kicked in the nuts.
08-24-2012, 02:40 AM #11
08-24-2012, 03:14 AM #12
i like this too, some small fine with now you both can't sell. But for the consumer's sake make the ban temporary.
08-24-2012, 04:03 AM #13
This is a great outcome. Pity the fines are so low. But in the end Apple pay Samsung more. Apple lose! About time we have a good ending story
08-24-2012, 05:03 AM #14
Samsung must pay what ? 22,00 ??? Or is it 2,200 ? either way this patents war is getting a bit too much now. This companies make billions it's getting childish now.
08-24-2012, 06:18 AM #15
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08-24-2012, 06:56 AM #17
LOL if I was there to witness the ruling I would've been lmao. Thats comedy.
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08-24-2012, 07:41 AM #20
^ lol was just going to say the same thing... since when was SK a "small market" lol...