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Apple Wins Delay of South Korea Sales Ban on IPhone, IPad

A Seoul court granted a request by Apple Inc. to delay a sales ban imposed on some iPhones and iPads after an August ruling that the U.S. company infringed on Samsung Electronics Co.’s patents.

The Seoul Central District Court last month accepted Apple’s request to stay the South Korea sales ban until after the company’s appeals of the Aug. 24 ruling conclude, Kim Mun Sung, a spokesman for the court, said by phone today.

The court found in August that Apple and Samsung infringed on each other’s patents, and ordered the companies to stop selling some smartphones and tablet computers in South Korea and pay damages. Apple was ordered to stop selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2.

Samsung hadn’t sought to stay a sales ban on some of its Galaxy products under the Aug. 24 ruling, Kim said. The stay was reported earlier by Yonhap News.

Steve Park, a Seoul-based spokesman for Apple, declined to comment. Nam Ki Yung, a Seoul-based spokesman for Samsung, said the company didn’t immediately have a comment on the court’s decision and whether it would seek a similar stay.

Apple and Samsung, the two largest smartphone sellers, are battling over a device market estimated by Bloomberg Industries to be worth $219 billion last year.

The companies, which also do business with each other, are locked in patent disputes on four continents. Apple won a jury verdict in San Jose, California in August that Samsung copied the iPhone and iPad, and was awarded more than $1 billion in damages.

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