Apple loses another patent case against Samsung

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 08:00 hrs

Apple has suffered another blow in its patent battle against tablets made by rival Samsung.

A court in The Hague, citing previous decisions in British courts, ruled that some Samsung Galaxy tablets do not infringe an Apple design.

According to the Telegraph, the Dutch district court case is centered on the rounded corners of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 7.7.

In a statement, Samsung said that they continue to believe Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origin of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples, the report said.

Apple and Samsung, the world's top two smartphone makers, are locked in patent disputes in at least 10 countries, as they vie to win customers for their latest gadgets in the lucrative mobile market.

The original British court ruling upheld a previous decision that said Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not infringe upon Apple's patents.

According to the report, Apple had argued that, in finding Samsung had not infringed its design, the trial judge had place too much emphasis on differences between the design of the back of Galaxy Tab range and the back of the iPad. (ANI)

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