Samsung bid to ban Apple products in South Korea thwarted

Samsung has lost its bid to have Apple iPhones and iPads banned in its home country of South Korea.

As Seoul Central District Court judge rejected Samsung's request to pull devices like the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 from stores shelves in the region, and for $95,000 (£58,101) in damages.

Samsung had accused Apple of violating patents for short message display methods and messaging grouping features.

"We are disappointed by the court's decision," a Samsung spokeswoman said in a statement. "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 did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This decision is the latest in the long-running patent dispute between Samsung and Apple, which kicked off in early 2011 and has since expanded to dozens of courts around the globe.

Recently, a California jury awarded Apple $290 million (£177.3 million) in a retrial of a case that originally awarded Apple $1.05 billion (£642 million). All together, Samsung is on the hook for about $900 million (£550 million) in that case, though it is appealing.

That came shortly after a US appeals court ordered a California court to review a December 2012 decision that denied Apple's request for a US injunction on certain Samsung products.

In October, meanwhile, Samsung proposed a moratorium on requesting injunctions against devices that use its standard essential patents (SEP). That move, however, was intended to avoid an antitrust smackdown in Europe, and only applies to firms that agree to a particular licensing framework.