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Apple vs Samsung Patent Lawsuits in South Korea30 November, 2016
Apple vs Samsung Patent Lawsuits in South KoreaIntroductionA patent refers to an intellectual property right, which is granted by the government of thespecific state to the particular patent applicant. Thus, when the patent right is granted to theapplicant, it gives the inventor the authority and right to exclude other people from using,making, or sale that particular invention anywhere. Therefore, the main core objective of thepatent system it to serve the utilitarian goal in order to promote the progress of science as wellas useful arts. For instance, in the contemporary business society, the pattern of patentinfringement is growing. Thus, the intellectual property protection is a vital in fosteringinnovation. For example, there are many cases regarding patents going between Apple andSamsung in many countries, like for this case in South Korea (Bajwa, 2014). FactsIn August 2010, just a few months after Samsung Electronics launched its Galaxysmartphone, a team of Apple Inc. lawyers flew to South Korea.Both parties had meeting together and it didn’t go well. Samsung attorneys accusedApple for copying and producing a set of their own patents that they said Apple wasusing without permission. On the other hand, Apple considered the Galaxy S, based onGoogle’s android operating system, an illegal copy of the iPhone. The meeting brought to the fore a fundamental disagreement between the twocompanies, and set the stage for a bitter, multi-country patent dispute. The vast majorityof patent disputes settle before trial, particularly between competitors. In this case, itdidn’t happen, though, the stakes were just too high - and the two companies ultimatelyhad very different views of the often-murky legal issues.Apple didn’t sue Samsung immediately as Samsung was a ‘trusted partner’ butSamsung went to court and filed its lawsuit in April 2011. They claimed that Apple2
infringed three of their mobile patents while Apple said that Samsung violated theirdesign patents.

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