A U.S. judge said Samsung's Galaxy tablets do infringe Apple's iPad patents, but also said Apple might have a problem establishing the validity of its patents. The comments from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh came in a court hearing on Thursday in San Jose, California. Apple sued Samsung in the United States in April, saying the South Korean firm's Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad.

The drama continues

The drama continues

Apple then filed a request in July to bar some Samsung products from U.S. sale, including the Galaxy S 4G smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The hearing on Thursday centered on this request from Apple for an injunction. Apple must show that Samsung both infringed its patents, and that its patents are valid under the law. Koh on Thursday also said she would deny Apple's request for an injunction based on one of Apple's so-called “utility” patents. She did not say whether she would grant the injunction based on three other so-called Apple “design” patents.

Reuters

Publish date: October 14, 2011 1:41 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:43 pm

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