Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Korean Win And Chinese Deal
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is mastering the art of winning legal battles related to patent infringements. After alleged win in the U.S. against the arch rival Samsung Electronics Co. (OTCMKTS:SSNLF), now Apple Inc. scored another win defending the rival’s claim that it violated three of Samsung’s patents in the make of certain iPhone and iPad models. This marks a contentious setback for the smartphone giant in its home region that already owes $930 million to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), plus an additional $60 million recently claimed by Apple Inc. in a court filing to cover part of its legal expenses.
A Seoul Central District Court judge Shim Woo-yong recently ruled in favor of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stating that the defendant did not violate Samsung’s IP rights. Of the three patents in question, the judge ruled that one patent was not at all used in the iPad while other two technologies were of such nature that need not copy as it could be easily developed from other inventions.
The judge ruled, “Samsung’s patent for a multitasking technology that prevents incomplete messages being lost when switching to another application was not violated by the existence of a similar technology. Another technology that enables users to touch a notification box to access a message can be invented easily.”
Apple Eyes China
After legal victory in Korea, there are signals of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) striking a deal with Chinese carrier China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL) as the later has initiated taking pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 5S model in Beijing which also offers special data packages for ordering early. It is reported that as many as 7,000 people have already pre-ordered the new iPhones.
While analysts believe this deal to be key to Apple’s future growth in the region; China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL) spokesperson confirmed the ongoing negotiations between the two companies.