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 Samsung, Apple Banned From Selling Some Products In S. Korea
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Message Text: A South Korean court on Friday ruled Samsung Electronics and Apple infringed on each other's patents, ordering monetary compensation and partial product bans to both sides.

In a court ruling, the Seoul Central District Court ruled Apple infringed on two of Samsung's five disputed patents, including those for wireless technology, ordering damage payments of 40 million won (US$35,279) and a domestic sales ban on patent-infringing products.

District Court Judge Bae Jun-hyun ordered Apple to stop selling patent-breaching products, blocking the firm from selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 1 and 2 in South Korea. The move does not include the latest products such as the iPhone 4S.

Regarding another patent suit filed by Apple in June claiming Samsung infringed on its design and user interface patents, the court ruled that the Samsung violated a bounce-back feature, ordering the South Korean company to pay 25 million won in damages and to ban sales of products including the technology, such as the Galaxy S2 phone.

The court also turned down Apple's claim on design patent infringements by Samsung.

The S. Korean ruling comes ahead of a jury verdict in the U.S. that may come as early as Saturday. The case, in which Apple is demanding $2.5 billion in compensation, is deemed more crucial in the wrangling between the two companies in terms of the money and market stake.
 
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