Dutch judge: Galaxy phones violate Apple patent

Dutch judge: Galaxy phones violate Apple patentYou might recall the complaint Apple submitted to The Hague in the Netherlands recently, ultimately looking to ban any and all Galaxy wares. Well, the judge hath spoken.

Seemingly there were three patents at the core of the complaint, and the judge deemed that Samsung violated one of ‘em. What does that mean for the Galaxy phones? Not a lot, according to Samsung.

Sammie was cleared with regards to patent 2,098,948, which relates to "recording a flag in connection with multiple screen taps," and 1,964,022 for dragging the screen to unlock. Incidentally, the latter is now null and void in the Netherlands, so Apple can’t make any more 1,964,022-related complaints. Boo hoo.

Good old 2,059,868 (you know that one, right?) was a different story, however. It covers a “method of scrolling”, and the Samsung Galaxy S, S II and Ace were all found guilty.

A ban will come into effect on October 13, however Samsung promises to address the software element in question, thus avoiding bannage.

Samsung Mobile's Kim Titus was understandably keen to put a positive spin on things:

“Today's ruling is an affirmation that the GALAXY range of products is innovative and distinctive. With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our GALAXY smartphones to Dutch consumers.

“This ruling is not expected to affect sales in other European markets. Samsung has a proud history of innovation in the mobile industry. We will continue our plans to introduce new products and technologies that meet and exceed consumer expectations. And we will defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings around the world.”

via: Engadget

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CTPAHHIK  Aug. 25, 2011 at 13:25

Yep, Samsung scrolling implementation is identical to Apple. Never seen it with HTC or Sony.

Andy247  Aug. 25, 2011 at 14:11

I heard that Patents 1 and 2 state "Do not talk about Fight Club"

shuwaz  Aug. 25, 2011 at 16:32

In other petty nonsense news, Apple wages world on the world for infringing its iCopyright. The entire world is to be dragged into the Hague for use of the letter 'i' in front of any of its words.

Later Apple plans to take on consumer electronics companies and car manufacturers for infringing its 'the colour white' copyright. All organisations using the colour white with its products are affected...

Apple claims to have invented both the letter 'i' and the colour white back in 1997 when it first released its iMac range of computer systems.

More as it iDevelopes.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 26, 2011 at 07:59

I have to say that scrolling patent that Apple hold is a valid one. You will not know that it exist until someone shows it to you on Apple phone. If you don't know about it you will never notice it either. There is absolutely no need for anyone to copy it from Apple. Samsung should not be doing it.

shuwaz  Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:19

I actually did have an iPhone 4 and know exactly what your talking about. However, the point made is a more general one.

Quite frankly this patent war is becoming ridculous. Its like in the USA when 20 years ago citizens discovered they could sue anyone, for anything at all. With each state introducing its own share of personalised (but silly) laws its gotten to the point where you cant even risk sneezing in public, without the risk of being flung into court.

A similar thing seems to be going on with Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola and Samsung (besides others).


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