Korea court delays Apple's sales ban of iPhone and iPad

The stay on a temporary injunction was issued while an appeals case goes forward

A Seoul court accepted Apple's request to delay a sales ban of some iPhones and iPads in Korea until its appeals case is finalized, according to a local news report.

The Seoul Central District Court last month issued a stay of a temporary injunction against Apple's older devices in return for a deposit of 5 billion won (about US$4.5 million), a local Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday.

In August, the Seoul court found that both Apple and Samsung infringe on each other's patents and ordered an immediate ban on sales of the companies' devices including Apple's iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2, as well as Samsung's Galaxy series, including the Galaxy S, S2, Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1. None of the companies' latest models were affected.

Samsung, too, appealed the court's verdict but it has not filed for postponement of the injunction against its products, according to Yonhap. The Korean court will resume the case early next year.

In Korea, the three-judge panel said Apple violated two of Samsung's wireless patents, while Samsung infringed one utility patent held by Apple. The iPhone maker's claims that Samsung copied its designs were denied.

This compares with a California District Court's ruling, which ordered Samsung to pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages of infringing six out of seven patents in design and software while it cleared the iPhone maker violating the South Korean firm's intellectual property.

The two tech juggernauts, which together account for half the world's smartphone market, are clashing in lawsuits in 10 countries.

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