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Samsung has failed in its attempt to have a string of Apple iOS products banned in its home country of South Korea. The tech giant had claimed that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 infringed a number of messaging patents.

The case was thrown out by Seoul District Court Judge, Shim Woo-yong, who ruled that Apple had not breached any of the patents in question.

Shim said that Apple could have easily developed its own so-called short messaging and message display technology.

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What’s more, it was also found that the messaging tech in question was not even used in the iPad 2.

Samsung also saw its claims for damages thrown out - a reverse that comes just weeks after US courts found in favour of Apple after a long-running dispute over patents.

A new case, covering newer devices, is due to start in the US nest spring.

In a statement Samsung said: “We are disappointed by the court’s decision.

"As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”

Apple welcomed the verdict and applauded the Korean court for "standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims".



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