The Associated Press is reporting today that a Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. Report Updated Dec. 30, 2013
A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled Thursday that Apple did not violate Samsung's intellectual property rights. The technology in two of Samsung's patents could be developed easily from other inventions, Judge Shim Woo-yong said, making it unlikely they were copied. He said one patent was not used in the iPad.
Apple's spokesman Steve Park said after the ruling that "We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims."
Samsung sued Apple in March 2012, accusing the iPhone maker of illegally using three patented technologies related to short message services in smartphones and tablet computers.
Samsung sought US $95,000 in initial compensation and a ban on sales of six iPhone and iPad models, which included models still available in the market, such as those with Retina display.
The judge said Samsung's patent for a multitasking technology that prevents incomplete messages being lost when switching to another application was not violated by the existence of a similar technology. Another technology that enables users to touch a notification box to access a message can be invented easily, he said.
A third Samsung patent for how mobile devices display short messages from the same sender together was not used in Apple's iPad, which instead has Apple's iMessage application, Shim said.
The ruling is the latest legal blow to Samsung, which owes Apple $930 million from two jury verdicts in Silicon Valley. Samsung is seeking to appeal both.
Samsung said it was disappointed by the ruling and will decide whether to appeal this decision after a thorough review. "As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights," it said in a statement.
A loud portion of the Android community and Samsung fans in particular, love to whine about how Apple sues everybody for everything. Apple sued Samsung and won twice in the US courts with legitimate cases and gained legitimate victories. Samsung, however, has sued Apple on their home turf and the judge threw out the case. The trouble maker at the moment is clearly Samsung with their "ridiculous claims" as Apple's Steve Park stated earlier today. Yes, as ridiculous as their radical fanbase is.
Update Dec.30, 2013: The Korean press is reporting today that Samsung filed an appeal in this case with the Seoul District Court on December 26.