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Apple loses against Samsung again

2012-10-25 13:43

Amsterdam - A Dutch court has again ruled against Apple in a suit against South Korea's Samsung Electronics, saying that Galaxy tablet computers don't infringe an Apple patent on touch screen interfaces.

The Dutch case is one of many Apple is pursuing against Samsung in their reciprocal patent war. If Apple had been successful in the Netherlands, it could have disrupted Samsung's ability to distribute in Europe through the port of Rotterdam.

Apple lost a request for a provisional ruling in August 2011, and an appeal in January.

The Hague District Court's ruling published on Thursday is a full-fledged civil suit on the same point.

Like British and German courts, the Dutch court found that the touch screen interface Samsung's Galaxy tabs use does not violate Apple's patents.

Comments
  • nyiko.ngobeni.5011 - 2012-10-25 14:19

    This is as desktop journalism and yesterday's news. It's already overtaken by Apple's victory in the USA. Should still be in the bbc website

      laven.pillay - 2012-10-25 14:53

      Which "victory" would this be ? The one that is currently up for appeal ? If you haven't been following the cases on FOSS Patents or Groklaw, you're probably not getting the full picture. Groklaw is the best source because they also provide all the Legal Documents involved in the case, so all the reporting is based on _facts_ http://www.groklaw.net/

  • laven.pillay - 2012-10-25 15:26

    More Information Already, after reexamination, one of Apple's patents has been "tentatively rejected" which means Apple has until December 15 to try and "save" it. What that means is, if they dont, then already at least one of the patents used in the court case, and which Samsung was found to be infringing on, and which the jury awarded damages to Apple for .... ...is found to be "not patentable", which in turn means that Samsung did NOT infringe on them, which in turn means that any damages assigned were in error ! And worse, for Apple, it raises again the question of "did the jury even know what they were doing ?" Please feel free to read for yourselves, and follow, historically, the progress of the court case and why its NOT a case of "Apple has Won". http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20121023121611827

  • vince.moraswi - 2012-10-25 21:40

    Apple is trying every trick in the book to overcharge us arent they. Commented via samsung SIII

      chrisjanbotha - 2012-11-14 18:42

      They are trying to slow down the growth of Android based devices - Android has 75% of the market. Also jealousy because Samsung sold 30 million S111's already...

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