South Korea court denies Samsung a ban on Apple's iPhone and iPad

Samsung's lawsuit alleged that the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, and second-generation iPad had infringed on its patents

A South Korean court on Thursday ruled against Samsung Electronics in a lawsuit that threatened to ban older iPhone and iPad models in the country for alleged patent infringement.

The ruling gives Apple a victory in a lawsuit that had claimed its iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and second-generation iPad had infringed on three of Samsung's messaging related patents.

The South Korean electronics maker had demanded an injunction against Apple to stop sales of the devices until the infringing technology was removed, a Samsung spokesman said. In addition, the company had also asked for 100 million won (US$95,160) in damages.

"We are disappointed by the court's decision," Samsung said in an email. "As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights."

The company is reviewing the ruling and will decide later whether to appeal.

Both companies continue to be locked in court battles across the world over alleged patent infringement in their smartphones and tablets. Last month, a U.S. jury ordered Samsung to pay $290 million to Apple in a retrial to review part of the damages the South Korean company had to pay for patent infringement.

Samsung, however, said it won a legal victory over Apple on Wednesday. A German court in Mannheim dismissed an Apple lawsuit claiming patent infringement against Samsung, after ruling the involved patent was invalid, according to Samsung.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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