SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court has ruled that rivals Apple Inc. Samsung Electronics Co. both infringed on each other's patents in making their mobile devices.
The Seoul Central District Court ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from shelves in South Korea, citing they infringed two of Samsung's telecommunications patents. The court also ruled that Samsung infringed one of Apple's patents related to the screen's bouncing back ability 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.
The lawsuit is part of global, multibillion dollar fight between the world's two largest smartphone makers that spans about 10 countries.