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South Korea Could Ban iPhone 8 And X, But Samsung Might Just Save The Day
By Yoon Sann Wong, 12 Sep 2018
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While the world awaits for Apple’s three potential new iPhones slated for launch in several hours, the brand’s iPhone 8, X and four iPads face a probable import ban by South Korea, home to Apple rival and tech giant Samsung, over a patent infringement claim.
Business Korea reports that the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy is investigating assertions that Apple infringed on a FinFET-related patent of KIP, a subsidiary company of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
FinFET is a type of 3D transistor utilized in many modern-day processors, which KAIST claims has been used inside Apple’s A-series chips.
Devices under the spotlight include the “iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, iPhone X, iPad 9.7, and 9.7-, 10.5-, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro imported from China and Hong Kong.”
While no decision has been made, the ruling is likely to be in KAIST’s favor and against Apple. Should this verdict be announced, the import of Apple phones including the iPhone X could be banned from the country.
At present, the inquiry is looking into whether this FinFET patent is valid and in this regard, has turned to a related case put forth by Samsung.
In this amusing twist, the South Korean tech behemoth might actually become Apple’s saving grace.
Samsung similarly challenged the validity of the patent through litigation against KAIST in the US and the company has already submitted evidence to refute the legitimacy of the patent.
The ministry explained that it is paying close attention to this lawsuit involving Samsung even though its present investigation is centered on Apple.
[via 9to5Mac and Business of Korea, main image via TonyV3112 / Shutterstock.com]
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