Sure South Korea is a small country, but its voracious appetite for high tech gadgetry is fit for an entire continent.
Despite claims by Apple that Samsung has copied their "innovative technology, distinctive user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and package design," Apple also happens to be Samsung's biggest customer: Samsung is one of their largest component suppliers. Talk about a fine line!
So the anticipated battle in South Korea, one of the world's most connected and high-tech markets in terms of population vis-a-vis internet/mobile phone connections, should prove to be pretty ugly -- Samsung may preemptively ban the next highly anticipated (everyone and their mother wants one!) iPhone from Korea. This will definitely be a delicate and advanced legal battle, as the linked article explains (other bans in the EU and all that good stuff…)
The thing is, such an approach can only hold off sales for so long. The product should protect itself. If a Korean in Seoul wants the next iPhone, you can bet they will get one, ban or no ban.
[Photograph by Aurich Lawson]