On Friday, a South Korean court declared that the two tech giants - Apple and Samsung have infringed on each others patents and imposed a partial ban on the products from both of them in the country.
The Seoul Central Court ordered the Curpertino based company to remove iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 from the stores of South Korea, pointing that the company has infringed a couple of telecommunication patents of Samsung.
At the same time, the court also claimed that Samsung has infringed an Apple patent, which is related to the bouncing back capability of the display and imposed a ban on the sale of Galaxy S2 and other products in the country.
However, the sales of the recent offerings from both the tech giants – iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3 smartphones have not been affected by the ban of the other products.
While Apple was ordered to pay a damage of $17,650 for each of its patent violation, its rival was ordered to pay $22,000 on its infringement of the bounce-back feature on touchscreen.
According to a Marketwatch report, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein, Mark Newman, "Any kind of ban in the U.S. is a much bigger deal for both companies. Longer-term, this whole war is to come to nothing... The only outcome is in huge legal fees and in hurting each other's brand."
The patent trial is witnessing more interest from the whole tech world as the much awaited official unveiling of the iPhone 5, which is scheduled to happen on September 12 is nearing.
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