Apple has just scored a major legal victory against Samsung on the Korean electronic giant’s home turf. Judge Shim Woo-yong has thrown out a Samsung lawsuit aimed at getting Apple’s products banned because of supposed infringements on its patents.
Samsung had petitioned to ban sales of older Apple products like the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPad 2, but the Seoul Central District Court disagreed with the accusations. Samsung also did not receive the 100 million won ($95,100) it had asked for in damages.
The Washington Post claims that the patents in question revolved around multitasking and message notifications.
Apple Korea spokesman Steve Park chimed in with the results, stating ”We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.”
Samsung retorted with thoughts on appeal. ”As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”
Of course, the ban of Apple products in Korea would have closely mirrored the ban of older Samsung products in America, which the International Trade Committee put into place in October. President Barack Obama refused to veto the ban shortly after the ruling, unlike the Apple ban in America which he did veto.