Apple and Samsung fined for pinching ideas

A South Korean court has told Apple and Samsung that they both stole each others ideas and banned some of their products from sale.

According to the Guardian, the Seoul central district court ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from shelves in South Korea.

It decided that they infringed two of Samsung’s telecommunications patents. However the court also ruled that Samsung infringed one of Apple’s patents related to the screen’s bouncing back ability and banned sales of the Galaxy S2.

As far as thermonuclear war is concerned it really was a case of mutual self-destruction. Since it harms products which are now a bit elderly, no one really is likely to care.

Sales of the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones were not affected.

Samsung must pay Apple $22,000 while Apple must pay $35,000 which is unlikely to deter either of the multi-billion dollar companies.

The real battle is being fought in California where the jury is still having a think about who is right and wrong after listening to three weeks of trial.