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South Korean court rejects Samsung suit against Apple

A woman used her smartphone at the Samsung Electronics Co. showroom at it headquarters in Seoul on Thursday.
A woman used her smartphone at the Samsung Electronics Co. showroom at it headquarters in Seoul on Thursday.Credit: Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press

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A court in South Korea on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Samsung Electronics in which the company had sought to block sales of certain Apple phones and tablet computers in South Korea.

The ruling, by the Seoul Central District Court, is the latest twist in a global patent fight between the two companies, which dominate the smartphone and tablet businesses. For Samsung, the setback on its home turf follows a legal victory last year when the court in Seoul, the South Korean capital, ruled that Apple had infringed on other Samsung patents.

In the decision Thursday, the court said Apple had not infringed on Samsung patents relating to mobile messaging technology. It rejected Samsung’s claim for $95,000 in damages and a ban on sales in South Korea of older iPhone and iPad models.

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