Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has been given a go-ahead by a US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California, to put forth its claims that the Apple iPhone 5 violates its patents. The US judge also allowed Apple to go ahead with its claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III, and the Google-owned Android Jelly Bean operating system violate its patents. This development is the latest in what has been a longstanding patent battle involving Cupertino-based Apple Inc and brands manufacturing Android-running devices, Samsung being one of them. As per reports, both companies refused to comment.
A British court had recently directed Apple to publish its apology to arch rival Samsung on its UK website and local newspapers. The court found Apple’s first apology to be non-compliant. A day later, Apple published a compliant version of its apology on UK’s newspapers, reports at the time indicated. As had been directed by the court earlier, the apology was in the Arial font of size no less than 14 points in size. Interestingly, Apple even removed the apology that it had placed on its website earlier and is moving it to the front page for prominence.
Samsung Galaxy S III, iPhone 5 among the products
Reports had confirmed that Apple had been directed to publish an apology to Samsung, after the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that the latter’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, and Tab 7.7 did not infringe upon Apple’s iPad designs.
Towards the end of October this year, a Tokyo District court rejected Samsung Electronics’ injunction request to implement a sales ban on the iPhone, according to the Asahi Shimbun. The court, in its verdict, noted that there has been no patent infringement by Apple’s unit in the country.
In its complaint, Samsung had alleged that Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S smartphones used its patented technology in Japan, pertaining to downloading an app to add new functions to a smartphone and the airplane mode, which turns off the phone's communications without powering it off during flight.
Interestingly, in a September 14 ruling, the court had stated that the iPhone's app technology is different from Samsung's. Only a couple prior, the court ruled that the iPhone did not infringe on the other Samsung patent in question, either. At the time, it ruled that the airplane mode function wasn’t a significantly new development, but an extension of past innovations.
Recently, a US court made ineffective a temporary sales ban against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Tab 10.1, in time for the run-up to the pivotal holiday shopping season. In its statement, Samsung shared, “We are pleased with the court's action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple's design patent and that an injunction was not called for”.
Apple recently won after what had been one long battle and Samsung Electronics is to cough up compensation to the tune of a staggering $1.05 billion.
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