South Korean phone maker Samsung won a home court ruling Friday in its global patent battle against Apple and its popular iPhone and iPad devices.
The ruling came hours before Apple prevailed in a similar case in the U.S.
Judges in Seoul said Samsung Electronics Co. didn't copy the look and feel of the iPhone and ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung's wireless technology.
However, the judges also said Samsung violated Apple's technology behind a feature that causes a screen to bounce back when a user scrolls to an end image. Both sides were ordered to pay limited damages.
The Seoul Central District Court ruling called for a partial ban on products from both companies, though the verdict did not affect the latest-generation phones -- Apple's iPhone 4S or Samsung's Galaxy S III -- or the newest iPad.
The ban applies only to sales in South Korea, and the ruling is part of a larger, epic struggle over patents and innovation unfolding in nine countries.
The biggest stakes are in the U.S., where Apple is seeking $2.5 billion from Samsung over allegations it has created illegal knockoffs of iPhones and iPads. Hours after the South Korean ruling, a federal jury in San Jose, Calif., ruled that Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create the iPhone and the iPad.
The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion, though an appeal is expected. A judge was expected to rule later on whether Samsung must pull devices from the U.S. market.
The fact that both rulings came Friday was coincidental. The judge overseeing the U.S. case had ordered jurors there to refrain accessing any news regarding the two companies.
The Seoul ruling was a rare victory for Samsung in its arguments that Apple has infringed on its wireless technology patents. Those arguments previously have been shot down by courts in Europe, where judges have ruled that they are part of industry standards that must be licensed under fair terms to competitors.