San Jose, Calif. - A federal judge
refused to impose a temporary injunction sought by Apple preventing the sale of
three Samsung Galaxy handsets and the Galaxy Tab 101, but Apple and Samsung
will continue to battle over Apple's patent-infringement claims in the court.
In April, Apple
filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against Samsung, alleging the
Korean electronics manufacturers' Galaxy
S smartphones and its Galaxy Tab knock off the look and feel of Apple's
competing products. Apple pointed to the look and feel of the Samsung user
interfaces and said Samsung
violated seven patents related to how users select, scroll, pinch and zoom on a
touchscreen. Apple also contended that Samsung infringed on three design elements,
including Samsung's use of a flat black face.
For its part, Samsung said in a
statement provided to TWICE that the judge's decision "confirms
our long-held view that Apple's arguments lack merit." The court, Samsung
continued, "has recognized that Samsung has raised substantial questions about
the validity of certain Apple design patents. We are confident that we can
demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung's mobile devices when the case goes
to trial next year. "
Other Apple patent lawsuits against
Samsung continue in other countries.
After it was sued by Apple, Samsung countersued in courts in Korea, Japan and Germany and
alleged that Apple violated 10 of its smartphone and computer patents.