Saturday, December 3, 2011

Apple Loses Bid for Order in Effort to Block Samsung Galaxy

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. lost a request for a court order in its bid to block sales of Samsung Electronics Co.'s 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, according to a ruling that was posted on a court docket and then removed.

The iPad maker, in its lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, California, sought an order blocking Samsung from selling its Galaxy line of mobile devices products in the U.S. based on claims they violate Apple patents. The lawsuit is part of a legal battle between the companies being fought in 10 countries.

Samsung said in an e-mailed statement that the ruling confirms its long-held view that Apple's arguments lack merit.

“In particular, the court has recognized that Samsung has raised substantial questions about the validity of certain of Apple's design patents,” according to the statement. “We are confident that we can demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung's mobile devices when the case goes to trial next year.”

The two companies have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other, according to Samsung. The conflict began in April, when Apple filed the San Jose lawsuit claiming the Suwon, South Korean company's Galaxy devices copied the iPhone and iPad.

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