A South Korean court has ruled that technology giants Apple and Samsung are infringing on mobile patents.
The court imposed a limited ban on national sales of products by the two companies covered by the decision.
He ruled that Apple had infringed two patents held by Samsung, while Samsung had infringed one of Apple’s patents.
The decision comes when a jury in California discusses a patent process between the two companies in the United States.
The sales ban will apply to iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and Apple iPad tablets and Apple iPad 2.
Samsung’s products affected by the ban include its Galaxy SI and SII smartphone models and its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.
The court ordered Apple to pay 40 million won ($ 35,000) in damages to its South Korean rival, while Samsung was told to pay Apple 25 million won.
The rewards are less than the damages Apple sought in its case in California. It is seeking more than $ 2.5 billion from Samsung, which is said to have violated its patented design and features in the iPad and iPhone.
A Samsung spokesman said the court had found the South Korean company guilty of infringing on Apple’s patent related to the “bounce” function.
The feature lets users know they have reached the end of a screen through which they can scroll through their devices.
Apple, meanwhile, has been found guilty of infringing on patents related to telecommunications standards held by Samsung, including technology that makes transferring and transmitting data between devices more efficient.
However, the court ruled that Apple claimed that Samsung had copied the design of its products.
“There are many external similarities in design between the iPhone and Galaxy S, such as rounded corners and large screens … but these similarities have been documented in previous products,” a judge from the Seoul Central District Court was quoted as saying by .
“Given that it is limited to make major changes to the design of mobile products based on the touch screen in general … and the defendant [Samsung] differentiated its products with three buttons on the front and adopted different designs in the camera and [on the] side, the two products have a different appearance, “ said the judge.