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Seoul court rejects Apple violation of Samsung patents on messaging

SEOUL -- A Seoul court denied Samsung's claim that Apple violated three of its patent related to short message services.

A judge at Seoul Central District Court said Thursday that two of Samsung patents lacked “progressivity” and can be easily developed by others. He said one patent was not used in the iPad.

Samsung Electronics Co. sued Apple in March 2012 accusing the iPhone maker of illegally using its three patented technologies. It sought compensation and a ban on sales of six iPhone and iPad models, which include models still available in the market, such as the model with Retina display known as the fourth-generation iPad.

The judge said a similar technology exists with the Samsung patent that allows users to activate another application while typing text messages without losing the messages. Another technology that enables users to touch a notification box to check a full message can be invented easily, he said.

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