U.S. District judge says Samsung tablets violate Apple’s patents

October 13, 2011
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Samsung is having a hard day. (They never got the hang of Thursdays.) After Australia upheld Apple's injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with possible monopolistic implications, the judge in the United States case covering some of the same issues has confirmed that the Korean electronics giant is violating Apple's patents here. This could pave the way for sales bans like those already in place down under and in Germany.

The comments come from the honorable U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who's overseeing the ongoing patent case Apple brought forth against Samsung's Galaxy line of phones and tablets. The news isn't all bad: the judge said that she wouldn't grant the requested sales block based on a "utility" patent, covering "graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics". That's excellent news for all tablet makers (except for Apple), as without that particular bit of IP it would be almost impossible to make tablet software in the style of Android Honeycomb. There are three more patents in question that could make a compelling case for an injunction, but all three are "Design" patents, covering the look and feel of iOS that Apple is claiming Samsung infringed. Judge Koh did not mention these patents, but she said she would issue a formal order "fairly promptly."

There's been a lot of action in the Samsung case lately. Google, T-Mobile and Verizon have files amicus briefs in support of Samsung, claiming that Apple is using the courts to create a monopoly and that a sales ban would irreparable damage their businesses. It's yet to be seen whether or not American courts will follow in the footsteps of others worldwide, but it looks like Samsung may be able to engineer their way around Apple's design patents as they've done in the Netherlands already.

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  • Anonymous

    Apple bunch of scared pu$$y

  • http://pansentient.com/ Jer White

    Hitchhikers reference! Respect to Michael.

  • Blair

    When is this going to stop? Seriously, these patent wars are getting ridiculous. 
    I could see Apples side if Samsung made basically an exact replica of iPad and it was so damn close it was basically a carbon copy , but Samsung isn’t doing that.
    They’re just attacking Android, that’s all it is. Android has more market share and is growing in popularity exponentially . So they’re just scared and attack with patent lawsuits that barely hold ground. 

    Hey Apple!!! How about you innovate instead of litigate !!! 

    Sorry for the rant. I’m just so sick of these stupid lawsuits. There needs to be someone in the judicial system or government that just stands up finally and say ” ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! We won’t allow these petty lawsuits to keep going “

  • Roberto Silva

    Every time I see that kind of shit, I push back any plan to _also_ buy an iPad (i.e. in addition to my Android tablets). Apple is appearing more and more greedy and disgusting to me.

    For a a fact I DO plan to buy a Samsung Galaxy Pad 7.7 as soon as it is available, and I’m also extremely interested in seeing a Galaxy Note, which might very well replace my iPod as my PDA.