Apple scores patent victory over Samsung in South Korean court

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A South Korean court ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung patents. Above, a file photo shows a mobile-phone store in Seoul the day it began selling the iPhone 5.

A South Korean court ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung patents. Above, a file photo shows a mobile-phone store in Seoul the day it began selling the iPhone 5.

Apple extended its patent litigation winning streak this week when a South Korean court ruled that the iPhone maker didn’t infringe patents held by Samsung.

The ruling follows a recent decision by a jury in San Jose to award additional damages to Apple in a long-running patent dispute with Samsung. And last summer, the Obama administration blocked a potential import ban on some Apple products, over the objections of Samsung.

In the latest case, Samsung had filed a patent case in its home country, seeking to block sales of some Apple products in South Korea. The case mainly focused on some messaging technology in Apple’s iPad and iPhone.

But the court rejected all of Samsung’s allegations, and even invalidated some of the Samsung patents.

“We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Samsung said in a statement Thursday, after the ruling. “We will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”

Courtesy of Los Angeles Times

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