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Samsung loses patent lawsuit against Apple

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Seoul, Dec 12 :

Samsung Electronics, the world’s top smartphone maker, lost a patent lawsuit in South Korea against its archrival Apple after a Seoul court ruled that the iPhone maker did not violate Samsung’s patents.
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The Seoul Central District Court ruled Thursday that among three patents Samsung claimed Apple infringed on, two patents cannot be accepted as Samsung’s unique, leading-edge technology and the other cannot be viewed as the same technology between Samsung and Apple, reported Xinhua.

The three technologies under the legal dispute included those related with multi-tasking service while writing text messages.

Samsung and Apple, the world’s top two smartphone makers, have been embroiled in a legal battle called “patent war of the century”, in more than 10 countries across the globe.

In November, a US jury issued a verdict that ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in damages for copying key features of its iPhone and iPad devices.

The figure was lower than the $1.05 billion damages, imposed by the previous jury in August 2012, but higher than $52.7 million Samsung sought to pay. Apple requested $379.8 million in damages from Samsung.

In a separate lawsuit in August 2012, Samsung won Apple after another Seoul court ruled that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker infringed on Samsung’s two standard patents for data transmission technology. (IANS)