Samsung Loses Case for Apple Product Ban in South Korea

Samsung hasn’t been doing so well in the last few rounds of its legal battles with Apple. The Seoul Central District Court in Samsung’s home country of South Korea has rejected the company’s attempt to ban older Apple products for infringing on three mobile patents. Among the devices that Samsung sought a sales ban on were the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPad 2.

The court ruled against the ban after finding that the devices did not violate patents concerning short message display methods and messaging grouping features. Samsung’s claim for around $95,000 in damages was also thrown out. The company said that it would review the ruling before making the decision on whether to appeal.

This ruling is the latest in a long line of worldwide courtroom battles between Apple and Samsung that have been going on for the last few years. Though neither side has gained a clear advantage from the conflicts, Apple has come out on top in the last few skirmishes. The company was recently awarded $290 million in damages as part of a partial retrial, meaning that Samsung now owes Apple about $930 million.

Don’t expect Samsung to break out the white flag though; the company has made it clear that it plans to keep on fighting. “As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights,” Samsung said in a statement.

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