Apple. Samsung both stole patents: Korean court rules
South Korean court rules against Apple and Samsung.

A South Korean court has ruled that technology rivals Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co both infringed on each other’s patents and ordered a partial ban on their products in South Korea.

The Seoul Central District Court today ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from shelves in South Korea, saying they infringed two of Samsung’s telecommunications patents.

The court also ruled that Samsung had infringed one of Apple’s patents and banned sales of the Galaxy S2 and other products in South Korea.

Sales of devices recently released by Samsung and Apple - including the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones - were not affected.

The court also ordered the two parties to pay monetary compensation to each other.

Samsung must pay Apple 25 million won ($A21,150) while Apple must pay its rival 40 million won.

The lawsuit is part of global multibillion-dollar fight between the world’s two largest smartphone makers.

The biggest stakes are in the United States, however, where the two companies are locked in an epic struggle over patents and innovation in a federal court in San Jose, California.

Apple sued Samsung in 2011 in the US, alleging that some of the South Korean company’s smartphones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Samsung denies the allegations and argues that all companies in the cutthroat phone industry mimic each other’s successes without crossing the legal line.

Apple is suing the Korean giant for $US2.5 billion, making the case one of the biggest technology disputes in history.

Jury deliberations began on Wednesday after three weeks of testimony.

Days after Apple filed its suit in the US, Samsung filed a lawsuit on its home turf and in other countries, accusing Apple of breaching its telecommunications patents.

The West Australian

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