Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
World markets  |  August 27, 2012 10:04:12

U.S. court ruled that Samsung must pay Apple 1 mld.USD, shares of Korean companies failed

American Arbitration Court at the weekend decided that the Korean Samsung has to pay U.S. rival Apple 1 mld.USD for violations of its patents in a dispute regarding the iPhone and its similarities Korean "counterparts".

Samsung shares in response to the decision today on the stock exchange in Seoul South Korea fell by 7.7%, the largest decline since October 2008. In one day, the market capitalization of the company decreased by about 12 mld.USD = about $ 239 billion.

The U.S. court found Samsung guilty of breach 6 of 7 defendants patents for mobile devices. It is possible that a court decision will also lead to a ban on selling certain devices from the Korean manufacturer in the U.S. market.

Just hours before the verdict in the U.S. also decided to South Korean court said that both parties to the dispute mutually violating their patents.

The dispute between Apple and Samsung takes place from April 2011. According to some estimates, is currently marketed smart mobile phones valued at around 219.1 mld.USD. Both leading manufacturers in this field in disputes blame copying forms and technologies used. Previously, Apple has succeeded in one of the disputes in the U.S. when he was banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. market. Samsung contrary hit in Australia, where it was for sale Korean equipment allowed.

According to recent surveys Samsung belonged during 2Q12 about 35% of the market of smart phones, Apple's 18% in second place.
There is speculation that the U.S. court ruling could encourage other manufacturers of smartphones.

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