South Korean Court rejects Samsung lawsuit against Apple

“Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple Inc’s older iPhone and iPad in South Korea after a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. firm had infringed on three of Samsung’s mobile patents,” Reuters reports. “A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said Apple products such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad2 did not violate Samsung patents on short message display methods and messaging grouping features. The court ruled against a sale ban on the products and threw out Samsung’s claim for 100 million won ($95,100) in damages.”

“‘We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims,’ Apple Korea spokesman Steve Park said,” Reuters reports. “Samsung said in a statement, ‘As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.'”

Reuters reports, “Apple and Samsung have gone to trial twice in the past two years in a San Jose, California federal court, where juries have awarded Apple roughly $930 million in damages.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Seoul Central District Court, no slush fund for you!

Boycott Samsung-branded products. Do not support liars and thieves.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Arline M.,” Dan K.,” “John Doe,” and “silverhawk1” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. WTF! Samsung loses to Apple in a South Korean court?
    What Bizarro world is this?! We ARE in the end times!
    The laws of nature have been perverted… I need to lie down for a while.

  2. After all, convicted liars and thieves Samscum were convicted by their own courts…

    Don’t buy stolen goods, you can’t expect any after sales product support from theives.

          1. “Except when sounded as “ay” as in neighbor and weight”.

            The word ‘their’ is an exception to the ‘rule’. It points out that the English language is a messy mish mash of other languages as well as its own. The ‘rules’ help, but there are consistently exceptions.

            Another favorite English incoherence: When the letters ‘w’ and ‘y’ act as vowels. Yeah, wonderful.

  3. There will be a blizzard in hell before I’ll ever buy anything from Samsung again. I encourage friends, family, clients, and associates to do the same. This company is without honor or shame and has shone themselves to a pack of thieving criminals. More needs to be done to educate and inform people about their illegal activities against American businesses and how they steel the innovations, investments, and hard work done by companies like Apple. To buy from them is incredibly un-American. Spread the word, and boycott the Thieves of Korea.

    1. Unfortunately, according to reviews and my personal observations of HDTV walls at various stores, Samsung makes some of the best LCD (LED backlit) HDTVs on the market in terms of display quality – good blacks, good brightness, good color balance and saturation. Sony and Sharp have some good LCD/LED HDTVs, as well. LG and Vizio are hit and miss depending on the model – overall (IMO), their displays look dimmer, exhibit more of a grayish cast, and degrade more with viewing angle. Panasonic has good plasmas based upon past reviews and my personal experience with a 42″ Viera GT series.

      My challenge is finding an HDTV with a great display at a reasonable price. I don’t want all of the “smart” stuff on the expensive, “premium” sets – my AppleTV supplies the WiFi connectivity and access to NetFlix, YouTube, and other content. That is why I have been skeptical of predictions that Apple will market an HDTV. The more logical approach is to market a wireless, “smart” device like the AppleTV that uses the HDTV as a dumb display. Hopefully, in the near future, Apple will expand AppleTV’s iOS capabilities to implement third party apps via the App Store along with onboard memory to store content (or even possibly function as a DVR).

      Apple — please, please provide a viable, simple alternative to satellite and cable and Uverse. I want more control of content flowing into my home through the dumb pipe.

      1. The biggest problem with Samsung isn’t build quality (e.g. quality of display) it’s reliability and support. Every Samsung product I’ve ever owned (multiple PCs, monitors, and printers) failed within 18 months and the customer service was about the worst I’ve ever seen. I stopped buying Samsung long before they started stealing from Apple.

      2. The biggest provider of the “dumb pipe” for TV content are the cable companies. Just as Apple worked with existing wireless carriers (initially one per market) to vastly improve the customer user experience for smartphones, I think Apple will work with cable providers to vastly improve the user experience in accessing their existing TV content. The “cable box” provides a terrible user experience.

        Why would the cable providers NOT want to work with Apple on this venture? The current cable box interface looks like a bad copy of 1990’s TIVO, and it’s glitchy and annoying. An Apple-designed interface for existing cable content would provide a key differentiator against their competition, such as AT&T U-verse (telephone line pipe) and DirecTV (satellite pipe).

        Like the wireless carriers with iPhone, the cable companies can provide a subsidy, so that the Apple TV “box” (different from the stand-alone Apple TV) is “free with cable contract.” Furthermore, a subsidy allows the complete “iTV” from Apple. Apple can make the upfront cost for its high-quality subsidized “smart HDTV” match or even beat the price for similar-sized commodity “dumb display” HDTVs from the competition. The cable companies can collect the subsidy back from customers by replacing the monthly “rental fee” currently charged for the cable box.

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    1. A classic example of an inept, annoying and unthinking presentation getting in the way of the (accurate) facts. Typical old-school Republican. This guy probably works for John McCain or Mitch McConnell.

  5. Where does that cliché come from? — the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    X – you are not going to get different results, and you are not going to influence anyone here… except, perhaps, to further deepen our impression of tea-baggers as brainless fanatics.

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