Sunday, December 11, 2011

A US District Judge Ruled in Favor of Samsung over Apple’s Patent claim

It can be remembered that Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung for developing the devices Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and Infuse 4G. Apple claimed that Samsung has copied the design patents for iPhone and iPad. Because of this, Apple filed a preliminary injunction against Samsung to temporarily stop selling its 4 models that Apple believed to be copied from their original designs.

US District Judge Lucy Koh denied the request of Apple to temporarily stop the selling of 4 Samsung Gadgets in the US. Koh was not convinced about the designs which Apple claimed to be copied by Samsung; on the other hand, Koh believed that those designs are allowable for functional purposes. Samsung claimed that there is no reasonable basis for the claims of Apple, and that they can make their designs to be unique and identifiable from Apple’s gadgets.

Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling is only a preliminary and initial result and Apple could still win the whole case against Samsung. However, due to Koh’s ruling, Samsung continues to sell its gadgets to some parts of the world. The patent battle between Samsung and Apple still continues. The whole US case will go to court next year, on July 30, 2012.

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