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October 24, 2012

Samsung Wins Dutch Suit on Multi-Touch Features Found in Galaxy Smartphones

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Samsung has won the latest round in the continuing patent legal battle with Apple (News - Alert) over coveted technology.

This week, a Dutch court said Samsung does not infringe on Apple patents in connection with multi-touch features found on Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers, Reuters said.

"With these products Samsung does not infringe the claims that Apple has made," the Dutch court ruled this week, according to Reuters (News - Alert).

Apple has not released comments on the Dutch ruling.

On the other hand, Tech Crunch reported that Samsung said, “We welcome today’s ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property. For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological and design innovations in the mobile industry, which have been constantly reflected in our products. We will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of Dutch consumers.”

The Dutch ruling represents just one of at least 10 locations where Apple and Samsung are fighting a judicial war, Reuters adds.

Earlier this year, a California jury awarded Apple at least $1.05 billion in damages. Samsung is appealing the verdict.

Apple also wants to get some of Samsung's products banned from being sold in the United States. That request is still pending.

The U.S. International Trade Commission may rule on Thursday regarding the Samsung-Apple conflict.

In related news, last month a German court dismissed Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, TMCnet said. Apple claimed in the German court that Samsung and Google (News - Alert)-owned Motorola Mobility infringed on its patents which are used in touchscreen technology.

Also, Samsung has made “workarounds for the rubber-banding patent and two others it was judged to have infringed by the U.S. court,” Tech Crunch said.

“Samsung has created workarounds for the three Apple patents that the jury ruled were infringed, the '381, '163 and '915 patents. The '381 patent is the one that the USPTO just tentatively rejected, due to prior art,” Groklaw reported. None of the three patents are being used by Samsung, according to Tim Rowden, vice president of Product Management at Samsung.

“Obviously, there is nothing to block if Samsung isn't using any of the patents anymore,” Groklaw added in its report.

Edited by Braden Becker
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