A South Korean court has ruled that both Apple and Samsung copied each other's products, and has not only ordered the two to pay each other fairly large sums for damages but also imposed sales bans some of their mobile devices. Apple was ordered to pay Samsung 40 million won ($35,264) in damages while Samsung was ordered to pay 25 million won ($22,040). The limited sales ban in South Korea includes the iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Nexus.
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- The recently concluded patent trial in California involving both companies resulted in a ruling that was in favor of Apple.
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