South Korean court gives split decision in Apple vs Samsung

An Apple Store customer looks at the new Apple iPhone 4Gs.

In California today, a jury enters a third day of deliberations in the smartphone and tablet copyright battle between Apple and Samsung. But today in South Korea, a court facing the some of the same questions issued its ruling.

The South Korea court issued a split decision. A court in South Korea ruled today that Apple infringed on two of Samsung's technology patents in a couple of its products. And Samsung violated one of Apple's patents in one of its products.

The court said that Samsung did not copy Apple's iPhone design.

The rulying affects the Korean market only, but it's one of 12 lawsuits in nine countries, including the case currently underway in California, in which Apple wants $2 billion and Samsung wants almost half a billion.

"There's a much bigger intergalactic fight going on," Marketplace's Scott Tong said in an interview.

Listen to the interview in the player above for a full report.

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Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

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