A South Korean court has ruled that Apple and Samsung both infringed each other's patents on mobile devices.The court imposed a limited ban on national sales of products by both companies covered by the ruling.
It ruled that US-based Apple had infringed two patents held by Samsung, while the Korean firm had violated one of Apple's patents.The decision comes as a jury in California is deliberating on a patent trial between the two firms in the US.
The sales ban will apply to Apple's iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and its tablets the iPad and iPad 2.
'Differentiated its products'
A Samsung spokesperson told the BBC that the court had found the South Korean firm guilty of violating Apple's patent relating to the "bounce back" function.
However, the court ruled against Apple's claims that Samsung had copied the designs of its products.
"There are lots of external design similarities between the iPhone and Galaxy S, such as rounded corners and large screens but these similarities had been documented in previous products," a judge at the Seoul Central District Court was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.
"Given that it's very limited to make big design changes in touchscreen based mobile products in general and the defendant [Samsung] differentiated its products with three buttons in the front and adopted different designs in camera and [on the] side, the two products have a different look," the judge said.