Aug. 24 - A court in South Korea rules Samsung did infringe on one of Apple's patents, but not on it's design. Julie Noce reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL A judge in Seoul Friday ruled Samsung Electronic's Galaxy smartphone did NOT violate Apple's iPhone in it's design. The two behemoth techfirms are locked in a high stakes global battle over patents. Friday's ruling says that while Samsung did violate an Apple patent relating to a function used to scroll through documents, they did NOT copy the iPhone's look. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) JUDGE KIM MUN-SUNG SAYING: "So the court ordered Apple to stop selling iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 1 and 2 in South Korea, while it ordered Samsung to stop selling or importing Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab." Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over $22,000 US dollars in fines for their violation. Apple was ordered to pay Samsung more than $35,000 in fines. Friday's ruling comes ahead of a more crucial verdict in the U.S. in which Apple is suing Samsung for for more than 2.5 billion dollars in damages and Samsung is suing Apple for 422 million. Patent Attorney D.J. Jung says Friday's ruling could help Samsung's case in the U.S. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PATENT ATTORNEY D.J. JUNG SAYING: "The verdict says Apple violates two of Samsung's telecommunication patents, so Samsung can deal with confidence with other trials in other countries. And (Apple's) design patent becomes powerless in South Korea - this verdict would give some positive influence to the American court, not directly though." The onslaught of litigation was triggered last year when Apple claimed Samsung copied its smartphone and tablet. Samsung maintained it simply developed its own "unique" products in a bid to "best the competition."