Samsung on Thursday (December 12) lost its bid to ban sales of Apple'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.
A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said Apple products such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 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 (£58,115) in damages.
"Regarding the claims over two patents, we cannot recognise it as a patent infringement. It can be easily developed from previous technology of smartphones, so there is no advancement (in technology)," said the judge.
If there is no advancement in technology because there is another similar one, the patents cannot be protected, the judge added.
In a statement, Samsung said it was disappointed by the court's decision and it will continue to take the measures necessary to protect its intellectual property rights.
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