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The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
As a result of the decision, Samsung is unable to claim monetary benefits for the patents in question, and it's unable to enact the ban on the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 it sought earlier. As Reuters notes, the roots of the case go all the way back to 2011 when Apple first accused Samsung of copying many of the design elements of the iPhone.
The judge presiding over the case stated that Apple's iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 did not violate Samsung's patents for short message displays and procedures for grouping messages. Samsung had asked for an import ban on the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 in addition to the equivalent of $95,100, but as a result of the decision, it looks as thought it'll be getting neither.
"We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims," said Steve Park, Apple's spokesman in Korea. As you might recall, the decision marks only the latest in a series of heavy blows for the Korean tech giant. Recently, for instance, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple around $930 million as a result of a series of similar patent-related trials.
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