Samsung vs. Apple: The (South Korean) Verdict Is In

By Molly Oswaks on at

The Wall Street Journal has streaming coverage of the South Korean Samsung vs. Apple verdict return. The highly anticipated verdict came in last night, setting the stage for the equally hot US version of the verdict to come.

The WSJ reports that the decision seems to be a more or less even split between Samsung an Apple, noting that the judges seem to be favouring the former over the latter.

A judge in Seoul ruled Friday that Apple infringed on two of Samsung's technology patents and must stop selling the infringing products in South Korea. In addition, the judge said Samsung infringed on Apple's "bounceback" design patent, but not its icon design patent.

 Further reporting for the WSJ reveals that both Samsung and Apple have been ordered to pay damages to each other:

The judges ordered Apple to pay 20 million won, or $17,650 in damages for each violated patent. Samsung was ordered to pay 25 million won, or $22,000 (£14,000-odd). Both companies had sought damages of 100 million won, or about £57,000, from the other.

The patent-infringing products banned from sale are: Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2, Samsung's Galaxy SII and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1 tablet computers. [WSJWSJ]