SKorean court rules Samsung didn't copy iPhone

Judges in Seoul said Samsung didn't copy the look and feel of the iPhone and ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung's wireless technology

Seoul: South Korean phone maker Samsung won a home court ruling in its global patent battle against Apple and its popular iPhone and iPad devices, reports PTI.
Judges in Seoul said Samsung Electronics Co didn't copy the look and feel of the iPhone and ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung's wireless technology.
However, the judges also said Samsung violated Apple's technology behind a feature that causes a screen to bounce back when a user scrolls to an end image. Both sides were ordered to pay limited damages.
The Seoul Central District Court ruling called for a partial ban on products from both companies, though the verdict did not affect the latest-generation phones -- Apple's iPhone 4S or Samsung's Galaxy S III -- or the newest iPad.
Both sides were also ordered to pay limited damages.
The ban applies only to sales in South Korea, and the ruling is part of a larger, epic struggle over patents and innovation unfolding in nine countries. The biggest stakes are in the US, where Apple is seeking $2.5 billion from Samsung over allegations it has created illegal knockoffs of iPhones and iPads.
The South Korean ruling is not expected to affect the US case. Today, a federal jury in San Jose, California, began its third day of deliberations. A federal judge has ordered jurors there to refrain accessing any news regarding the two companies.
Nonetheless, the Seoul ruling was a rare victory for Samsung in its arguments that Apple has infringed on its wireless technology patents. Those arguments previously have been shot down by courts in Europe, where judges have ruled that they are part of industry standards that must be licensed under fair terms to competitors.
"This is basically Samsung's victory on its home territory," said patent attorney Jeong Woo-sung. "Out of nine countries, Samsung got the ruling that it wanted for the first time in South Korea." 
The ruling ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, the original iPad and the iPad 2 from store shelves in South Korea, saying that the products infringed on two of Samsung's five disputed patents, including those for telecommunications technology. South Korea is not a big market for Apple.
The court also denied Apple's claim that Samsung had illegally copied its design, ruling that big rectangular screens in cases with rounded corners had existed in products before the iPhone and iPad.


Apple wins $1 billion in patent suit against Samsung

The verdict affects patents on a range of Samsung products including some of its popular Galaxy smartphones and its Galaxy 10 tablet -- devices alleged to have been copied from the iPhone and iPad

San Francisco: Apple has won more than $1 billion in a massive victory over South Korean giant Samsung, in one of the biggest patent cases in decades -- a verdict that could have huge market repercussions, reports PTI.
A jury in San Jose, California rejected Samsung's counterclaims against Apple yesterday, according to media reports -- a big win for the Silicon Valley giant, which had claimed its iconic iPhone and iPad had been illegally copied.
The jury, which had examined infringement claims and counter-claims by Apple and Samsung, ruled the South Korean electronics giant had infringed on a number of patents, the tech websites Cnet and The Verge said in live courtroom blogs.
The verdict affects patents on a range of Samsung products including some of its popular Galaxy smartphones and its Galaxy 10 tablet -- devices alleged to have been copied from the iPhone and iPad.
"This is a huge, crushing win for Apple," said Brian Love, a professor of patent law at Santa Clara University.
"All of its patents were held valid, and all but one was held to be infringed by most or all accused Samsung products. Even better for the company, five of the seven patents were held to be wilfully infringed by Samsung." 
Love said this means that Judge Lucy Koh "now has the discretion to triple Apple's damages award, which is already a monstrous and unprecedented 1.051 billion." 
Technology analyst Jeff Kagan said of the verdict: "This is a great day for Apple. And it will turn into a very expensive day for Samsung." 
Kagan said it was not immediately clear if Samsung would be able to continue to use the technology and pay Apple for the right to do so, or if they must pull their devices and redesign them.
In any case, the verdict in the case -- one of several pending in global courts -- is likely to have massive repercussions in the hottest part of the technology sector, smartphones and tablets.
Even a delay in sales could endanger Samsung's position in the US market, where it is currently the top seller of smartphones.


Unable to convince HQ for diesel engine plant: Toyota Kirloskar

Toyota Kirloskar said here is no stability of diesel pricing policy in India and a company like us cannot keep on changing strategy

New Delhi: Toyota Kirloskar Motor's (TKM) plan to set up a diesel engine plant is held up as it is unable to convince its Japanese parent because of the lack of clarity in pricing policy of the fuel in India, reports PTI.


"If you look at the market dynamics in India there is an increase in the demand for diesel. We have been conducting a feasibility study on diesel engine manufacturing in India but are unable to convince our headquarter," TKM deputy managing director (Marketing) Sandeep Singh told reporters.


"There is no stability of diesel pricing policy and a company like us cannot keep on changing is about going and asking for changing of plan and ask for investment in a new technology," he added.


In April, TKM is understood to have put forward a proposal to set up the plant in India after the Budget for 2012-13 spared diesel vehicles from additional taxes.


There has been demand to increase taxes of diesel passenger vehicles from different quarters to prevent usage of the subsidised fuel for "luxury". However, the automobile industry has been asking the government to deregulate diesel price in line with petrol.


When asked how long will the company take to decide on setting of the diesel engine plant, Singh said: "We cannot give a timeline...the feasibility study is still going on."


He said the company has started petrol engine production from its Bangalore plant, which has a total capacity of one lakh units annually.


The plant has been set up at an investment of Rs500 crore. In the first year the company is looking at producing about 30,000 to 35,000 units of engines depending on market demand.


"At present 22 per cent of the total monthly sales of about 7,000 units of Etios and Liva, is petrol and the rest diesel."


Asked about launching of Toyota's luxury brand Lexus in India, Singh said: "There is an apprehension about the increase in customs duty...we are still studying the market and we hope to get a clear direction by the end of this year."


The company had earlier said it would bring the brand in India by 2013 and planned to set up exclusive Lexus showrooms to sell cars and sports utility vehicles of the brand.


Toyota Motor is also planning to launch eight new products, including Etios, in the mid-term.


"We will launch eight new products in the emerging markets and India will be a prominent one. The products will be introduced in the next 6-8 years," Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Executive Vice President Vince Socco said without disclosing details.


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