A SOUTH KOREAN COURT has Imposed bans on a number of mobile devices from rival companies Apple and Samsung's, having found that both firms infringe each other's patents.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled on Thursday that Apple infringed two patents owned by Samsung, and that the Korean firm infringed one of Apple's software patents.
The court found that Samsung infringed Apple's "bounce back" scrolling function, while Apple infringed patents relating to telecom standards held by Samsung. The court ordered sales bans on mobile devices from both of the companies.
These sales bans will hit Apple's Iphone 3GS, Iphone 4 and the original Ipad and Ipad 2 tablets, while Samsung will be stopped from selling its Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 smartphones as well as the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets. Luckily for both firms, sales of devices released recently - including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple Iphone 4S - have not been affected by the ruling.
As if sales bans aren't bad enough, the court ruled that each company must pay nominal monetary compensation to each other. Samsung must pay Apple $22,000, while Apple must cough-up $35,000.
Although the ruling sees Samsung's products banned in its home country, Korean patent attorney Jeong Woo-sung said the outcome is favourable for the Korean firm because the judge ruled against Apple's claims that Samsung had copied the design of its products.
"This is basically Samsung's victory on its home territory," he told Mercury News. "Out of nine countries, Samsung got the ruling that it wanted for the first time in South Korea."
This ruling comes as a US jury deliberates in the high-profile patents lawsuit between the two companies in the US, and if this Korean verdict is anything to go by, things aren't looking too promising for Apple.
Neither Apple nor Samsung had responded to requests for comment at the time of publication. µ