SK Telecom Wins the Lawsuit against Global Mobile Messenger Viber
Published By : 24 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
South Korea’s leading mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. finally won the patent lawsuit that it filed against the Viber, the global mobile messenger on Monday. The court ruling could shut down the operations of the messenger from the local smart phones. The Seoul Central District Court said in its ruling that Viber has encroached not less than four patent rights granted exclusively to SK Telecom, hence the company should refrain from distributing its applications across the South Korean market.
The lawsuit was filed by SK Telecom against Viber last year, when the former claimed that the in-built feature in Viber that allows users to reorganize the selected information from the contacts list in their smartphone into the messenger application infringes the copyright that the company had registered to its name in 2006.
An official from SK Telecom revealed that ban on Viber will be imposed across Android and Apple iOS platforms. No news of Viber taking the case to higher court has come until now. The official added that they were confident that the court’s ruling would be in their favor since Viber quite evidently infringed the copyrights of SK Telecoms. The spokesperson added, the step taken by the company will not have an effect on other messenger apps such as Kakao Talk, since the company has not reviewed such moves as of yet.
Industry sources however, are of the view if the ruling against Viber is upheld by the higher court then it is bound to have its effect on other messengers operating in the region like KakaoTalk. Poweered by the leading mobile application provider Daum Kakao Corp. KakaoTalk at present has approximately 37 million local users in the country with a population of 50 million.