Samsung Wins Round One In Apple Lawsuit

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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.


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