Samsung Galaxy SII and Apple iPhone 4 banned in South Korea
A plague, on both their houses. Today, a Seoul court has banned sales of several products from long time patent rivals Apple and Samsung.
The court ruled that fruit-themed tech giant Apple had infringed 2 of Samsung’s patents, whilst Samsung had infringed one of Apple’s. This lead to the banning of Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. For Apple, the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 were banned. Luckily for both of them, their most recent products – Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and Apple’s iPhone 4S and “the new iPad” (sorry, I still can’t get over how good a name that is) – weren’t affected. But that’s not all.. They also have to compensate each other! Apple owe Samsung a hefty $35,000, whilst Samsung owe Apple $22,000. Do I detect Korean bias?
The two toddlers have been constantly squabbling over the past couple of years about their precious patents, both hoping that one of them will be mummy’s little boy and come out on top. This, however, is perhaps the best ruling so far, as it takes away both their toys, so for once they’re both crying. Perhaps they will grow up a little now? The rest of the world can only hope…