Court clears Samsung in Apple case

2012-10-24 15:40
A Dutch court has ruled that Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple patent. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A Dutch court has ruled that Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple patent. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Amsterdam - A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple patent by using certain multi-touch techniques on some of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.

Samsung and Apple, the world's top two smartphone makers, are locked in patent disputes in 10 countries as they vie to dominate the lucrative mobile market and win over customers with their latest gadgets.
Apple argued in September in the Hague court that Samsung infringed its patent on multi-touch function, which lets users use two fingers at one time on a touch screen.
"With these products Samsung does not infringe the claims that Apple has made," the court said in its ruling.
Apple has taken Samsung and others to court over the "pinch to zoom" function popular on smartphones and tablets.
Apple lost a preliminary injunction on this patent in the Dutch courts in 2011 and also lost its battle in the courts in Britain against HTC, and in Germany against Samsung and Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google .

The Dutch court acknowledged that its multi-touch patent ruling on Wednesday was similar to those in Britain and Germany.

Samsung said it welcomed the Dutch court's decision, while Apple wasn't immediately available for comment.

The Hague has become an important court room battle ground between companies making mobile phones and tablet computers, as court actions there are considered to be cheap, speedy and efficient.

The Dutch court's ruling comes ahead of a decision in the US from the International Trade Commission on Friday over claims that Samsung infringed on Apple patents.
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