Got my popcorn ready… In the lucrative mobile market, the world’s top two smartphone makers, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics, are engaged in worldwide patent disputes in at least 10 countries. Apple is just crying “foul” because they are getting beat in the market. It’s a bit strange —- Apple almost never wins outside the US.
Following in the U.K. High Court in London’s footsteps in October 2012 British court ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets don’t infringe Apple’s design patents; now a court in the Netherlands, ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 don’t infringe Apple’s registered design for the iPad.
In a judgment handed down by a district court in The Hague, the court found that the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7 did not infringe the patents held by Apple.
Apple had said Samsung infringed Apple patents on tablets shaped as a rectangle with curved corners. The Dutch court didn’t agree and ruled Apple has to pay case costs of around 130,000 euros ($173,571.00).
In a statement, reporting by Sara Webb given at the newspapers and technology news website Reuters news agency, “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples,” Samsung said in a statement.
A notice on its website (translated from Dutch with Google Translate) wrote:
Today the Hague district court judgment in a case of Samsung against Apple. At issue in this case is whether the design of some of Samsung Galaxy tablets infringe a design right from Apple. The court believes that there is no question of an infringement. The court refers to British law which the court already had found the same two instances on the same infringement question. [Image by Marco Arment]Recommended posts:
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