Apple and Samsung are both guilty of infringing each other's patents, according to the ruling from a South Korean court on Friday.
However, in a crucial victory for Samsung, the court ruled that the Korean firm had not copied Apple's designs.
"There are lots of external design similarities between the iPhone and Galaxy S, such as rounded corners and large screens ... but these similarities had been documented in previous products," Reuters quoted a judge at the Seoul Central District Court as saying.
"Given that it's very limited to make big design changes in touch-screen based mobile products in general ... and the defendant (Samsung) differentiated its products with three buttons in the front and adopted different designs in camera and (on the) side, the two products have a different look."
The crux of the case centres around a worldwide legal battle between the two firms, which are both arguing that the other has copied the design of flagship products – the iPhone and iPad for Apple, and the Galaxy tablets and handsets for Samsung.
Samsung has been told to stop selling 10 products, including the Galaxy S II but crucially not the newer S3, while four Apple products have now been banned in Korea, including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 – again leaving the firm free to carry on selling the new iPad and latest iPhone 4S.
Samsung was fined 25 million won (£14,000) for violating Apple's bounce-back patent, used for scrolling, while Apple had to cough up 40 million won (£22,500) for infringing two Samsung wireless patents.
The South Korean court ruling comes in the same week that the jurors in the US Apple/Samsung trial have retired to deliberate the case. The sums at stake in that trial are much higher – $2.5bn demanded by Apple, and $422m by Samsung.
When V3 contacted Apple and Samsung about the ruling, Samsung said it had no comment on the subject, and Apple has yet to respond.
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