On Aug. 24, 2012, a US jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages after finding that Samsung infringed upon a series of Apple patents on smartphones and tablet computers. Apple is seeking to ban eight models of Samsung smartphones in the US following the verdict.
Both companies were barred from selling some phones and tablet computers in South Korea on Aug. 24, 2012, when a Seoul Central District Court ruled they infringed each other’s patents. In the Australia, a preliminary ban on Galaxy 10.1 tablet sales was overturned by the highest court in December 2012. In Japan, Apple was ordered to pay the costs of its lawsuit against Samsung after ruling on Aug. 31, 2012, that Samsung didn't infringe on Apple's invention for synchronizing music and video data with servers. - New York Times, Bloomberg