South Korean court rules Apple, Samsung guilty of patent infringement

Companies must stop selling some smartphones and tablets in South Korea, but ruling will have little impact on pending U.S. trial

It’s likely that neither Apple Inc. nor Samsung Electronics Co. is happy with the outcome of a ruling a South Korean court delivered today in the bitter patent battle between the two companies.

Today a three-judge panel in Seoul Central District Court found that Apple infringed two Samsung patents, and Samsung violated one of Apple’s patents. Both companies must pay damages to each other and must stop selling the infringing smartphones and tablets—including Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1—in South Korea.

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