South Korea Bans For Both Apple and Samsung

A South Korean court has ruled that Apple and Samsung have both infringed each other's patents on mobile devices.

The South Korean court imposed a limited ban on national sales of products by both companies covered by the ruling. It ruled that

US-based Apple had infringed two patents held by Samsung, while the Korean firm had violated one of Apple's patents.

The sales ban applies to Apple's iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the iPad and iPad 2. Samsung products affected include the Galaxy SI and SII and its Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.

The court also ordered Apple to pay 40m won ($35,000; £22,000) in damages to its South Korean rival, while Samsung was told to pay Apple 25m won.

The awards are dwarfed by the damages being sought by Apple in its case in California - in which the jury are currently

deliberating the patent trial. The tech giant is seeking more than $2.5bn (£1.6bn) from Samsung, for allegedly violating its patented designs and features in the iPad and iPhone.

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