updated 11:05 pm EST, Wed December 11, 2013
Messaging technology at core of trial found to be not infringed by Apple
Samsung's tales of woe against Apple in court continue -- this time in its South Korean home. Samsung has lost an attempt to ban assorted iPhone and iPad models in South Korea, as the presiding judge dismissed a lawsuit that had Samsung claiming patent infringement against the Cupertino manufacturer.
The Seoul Central District Court's Judge Shim Woo-yong has ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 didn't violate any of Samsung's utility patents on short message display and message display features. Additionally, the court ruled that the $95,100 it was demanding in damages be dismissed as well.
The judge ruled that Apple could easily have developed the technology on its own. An additional technology Samsung asserted on displaying short messages was ruled to have not been used in the iPad at all.
Apple spokesman Steve Park said of 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." A Samsung statement shrugged off the loss, saying "as Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights."
With the reversal, Samsung now has no victories at all in its various legal fights against the iPhone maker with respect to non-SEP patents. Despite millions spent suing Apple over alleged infringements, it thus far has only a single Netherlands judgement that found Apple guilty of using a standards-essential patent (SEP) without a license from Samsung. Apple and most other tech companies have maintained that legal challenges over SEPs violate the FRAND agreements that govern them, and are used as negotiating weapons for blanket patent agreements or as leverage in non-SEP patent negotiations.