Breaking: Apple Found Guilty Of Violating 2 Samsung Patents… In South Korea [Update]


Sweet, sweet justice reigns upon Apple tonight. The Cupertino-based company has just been found guilty of violating 2 Samsung patents dealing with the transmission of data. Before you rejoice, this was ruled by a South Korean court. You know… in South Korea. Samsung was also found infringing of Apple’s “bounce-back” patent for what it’s worth.

So what happens next? A country-wide ban of all Apple products in South Korea? Well, there’s that. But Apple gets the last laugh in that most of their infringing products (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2) are no longer being sold in South Korea. Apple will also slapped with a fine and forced to pay a staggering $35,400 — that’s roughly the price of a minivan. I’m sure the richest company in the world is really hurting over that one. But a win’s a win, right?

Update: Samsung’s Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were also banned. Ouch.

[Reuters | WSJ]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I had the biggest smile on my face……. Until I saw South Korea. But its still a win

      1. at least it wasn’t in North Korea o.0

        1. South Korea is best Korea

        2. i doubted NK got smart phone.

          1. You doubted it? I think even the NK kids could teach you proper grammar. Outside of that, NK most certainly has a cell phone market. They get subsidies and goods from China all the time. Google, Julie, Google.

          2. Wow man, you don’t have to be such a jerk. Maybe you should take your own advice and use Google.

            Maybe then you would find out that less than 5% of North Koreans have
            cell phones. Even then, the majority of those aren’t allowed to make or
            accept calls outside of the country. If their phones happen to be smart
            phones, they certainly don’t have access to the internet as we know it
            (but a government provided, censored intranet).

            So, maybe a small minority of North Koreans have access to cell phones,
            but not in the way that the rest of world does. Before you get on some
            message board and start judging and criticizing, maybe you should look
            in the mirror and possibly learn some manners.

            By the way, I don’t know why you are so intent on defending North Korea
            and their cell phone market. The country has one of the lowest ranking
            human rights records of any country. Known for starving their citizens
            and threatening other nations with nuclear retaliation.

      2. GDU Chris Chavez, why did you have to put it THAT way? I almost hit the ceiling jumping when I saw the shortened title in Firefox’ Live Bookmarks. Calling an ambulance now … [/heartrace]

    1. A win? Did you miss the part about the nexus getting banned?

      1. Yes wich will be back after a small softwarechange :)

        Samsung infringed software (easy to fix), Apple infridged hardware (hard to fix)…

        So yes a big win in that country for Samsung!

        1. For the other Galaxy devices, sure. Not so simple with the Galaxy Nexus. If they patch it into something different will it still (or should) be considered a Nexus device anymore? I think that’s what Gary was getting at.

          1. Of course its still considered a nexus device if Google is the one issuing the patch. Example apple got the Nexus banned temporaly for the universal search. Google took it off the play store updated to jellybean with the search removed back on sale again. I would think its considered a nexus device as long as google is doing the software updates.

  2. Hopefully a first win of many.

  3. Samsung basically owns South Korea; this news means nothing. Also I’d rather have both sides take losses than one dominate the other. They are both great companies but neither is noble; they both are known for shady practices.

    1. Apple pretty much owns Judge Koh. Both sides losing on this one doesn’t mean it’s an even playing field. Apple has more frivolous patents and is more aggressive with lawsuits than any other company currently in existence. Apple needs to get knocked down for it to be a level playing field. Don’t kid yourself, kid.

  4. Small victory. Still. F-You grapple

  5. First glance. I’m thinking HYFR! Then I read it and was screaming DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!

  6. The credibility is mocked because it’s a South Korean court ruling in favor of a South Korean company but what about the fact that Apple, an American company, is currently is involved in a much larger, more serious case in an American court?

    1. in what way is apple a American company all their garbage is made in china for crappy pay in a sweat shop. thats not american to me

    2. LoL Apple an American company? they might have been founded here but considering pretty much all their stuff is made out of the country Samsung is more American then Apple

      1. I’m not trying to troll you in any way and I do know that apples products are made in china, but how is samsung more american?

        1. They act like it.

        2. Isn’t samsung investing about $4 billion in a plant in Texas to produce chips….

        3. Samsung has actual plants in this country for manufacturing, this week alone they invested 4 bill in the chip plant in Texas , while Samsung is bringing jobs and money into this country apple is taking them and giving it to the country’s over seas.

        4. no one ever said samsung is american he said crapple is

          1. He specifically made the comment that samsung was more american than apple. I just wanted some insight as to why he thought that. Apparently its because samsung has factories in America and Apple doesn’t.

      2. Sorry, I wasn’t trying to say Apple is an American company as some sort of compliment or praise, what I meant was that should they win their current suit against Samsung won’t people just as easily be able to say that it’s because the jury was composed of Americans?

        Yes, Apple is hardly an “American” company in terms of where they make their projects, and especially in the way they avoid taxes, but many jurors may identify more with them. Especially considering, based on sales numbers alone, odds are most of them use Apple products, or at least if they own a smartphone there’s a higher probability that it’s an iPhone.

  7. Good news

  8. If you’re going to lose in court it seems Apple has found the best way to do it.

  9. Why was the Gnex banned?

  10. Was the Samsung ban due to the bounce back?

    Also, why ‘Breaking’ and not ‘Breaking News’?

    It’s redundant for me to have to read the source on almost all of your post due to your terrible blogging skills. Consistent with errors, misinterpretations, lack of information, and incorrect quotes.

  11. From Reuters: [“There are lots of external design similarities between the iPhone and Galaxy S, such as rounded corners and large screens … but these similarities had been documented in previous products,” a judge at the Seoul Central District Court said on Friday.

    “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,” the judge said.

    The judge said it was difficult to say that consumers would confuse the iPhone with the Galaxy given they clearly have the respective company logos on the back of each model, and consumers also factor in operating systems, brand, applications, price, and services when buying a phone.]

    For Christ sake! South Korea has actually proven to me that common sense is not all lost! I will take a leap of faith and claim this should have some effect on the other trial decisions to come.

  12. The i4 and ipad2 are def still for sell in S. Korea, too. The ban will cause an affect

  13. still a win for Samsung

  14. Like many here some little part of me was glad, upon further reflection though I found myself somewhat saddened. As much as I loathe and dislike Apple and love Android I find myself a bit irritated by the fact that these type of rulings are crapping on the consumer as much as they are dumping on the actual Companies. I find that in the end, whether you are a die hard Android fan (which I am) or a die hard Apple fan this only stifles innovation and competition, which is not such a great thing for the consumer, less choice less freedom.

    Ultimately I think the failure at least here in the states are the ridiculous patent and trademark laws. Frankly I think it is a good thing that Apple stay in the game to keep the competitive drive in the market, this forces Android to develop further and better as It has always done. Small victory in this patent war, yet we are left on the battlefield as casualties.

    *stepping down off soapbox*

  15. War between Samsung and Apple is on a great height and will
    be intensified in coming future. In fact Samsung is giving a good fight to

  16. How is this a win for Samsung when they had 10 devices banned?

  17. Did anyone else high-five himself?

  18. This arte title was a PURE bait and switch! :)

  19. This solves nothing.

  20. What a demented system when something like “bounce-back” can be considered an invention and thus patentable.

  21. Not to mention the $4billion chip plant is for iPhone chips.

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