Apple’s iPhones and iPads face possible ban in South Korea. Reports have emerged that the South Korean government will likely ban the imports of Apple devices, which include the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPad Pro.
The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy is reportedly reviewing allegations that the Cupertino-based company infringed on a FinFET-related patent that belongs to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the country’s top research-oriented science and engineering institution.
According to Business Korea, the investigation period has already been extended twice and the Korean government will likely rule in favor of KAIST. The decision could mean that a number of Apple devices may be banned in the country.
“We are currently looking into whether Apple infringed on the patent of KIP, a subsidiary company of the KAIST,” the Korea Trade Commission said.
“The targets include 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.”