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Samsung lost patent fight with Apple in South Korea

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Samsung Electronics lost the patent lawsuit in South Korea with Apple after a Seoul court ruled that the iPhone maker didn't violate Samsung's patents.

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The Seoul Central District Court ruled that among three patents Samsung claimed Apple infringed on, two patents can't be accepted as Samsung's unique, leading-edge technology and the other cannot be viewed as the same technology between Samsung and Apple. The three technologies under the legal dispute included those related with multi-tasking service while writing text messages.

Samsung and Apple, the world's top two smartphone makers, have been embroiled in a legal battle in more than 10 countries across the globe, reports Xinhua. In November, a U.S. jury issued a verdict that orders Samsung to pay Apple 290 million U.S. dollars in damages for copying key features of its iPhone and iPad devices.

The figure was lower than the 1.05-billion-dollar damages, imposed by the previous jury in August 2012, but higher than 52.7 million dollars Samsung sought to pay. Apple request 379.8 million dollars in damages from Samsung. In a separate lawsuit in August 2012, Samsung won Apple after another Seoul court ruled that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker infringed on Samsung's two standard patents for data transmission technology.

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