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September 10, 2012

Samsung says Apple’s patent claim in Netherlands is invalid

Apple seeks an infringement case in the Netherlands to ban Samsung Galaxy handsets

By CBR Staff Writer

South Korean company Samsung Electronics said that Apple’s patent claim on multi-touch flags is not valid, as it seeks ban of Samsung Galaxy handsets in the Netherlands claiming an infringement of patents.

Apple claims that Galaxy smartphones and tablets infringe the patent that interprets finger activity on touchscreens.

The Dutch court started a new round of trials on patent claims made by the companies as Apple seeks a ban on Galaxy smartphones in the country.

Simmons & Simmons lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman, representing Samsung in the case was quoted by Bloomberg as saying,"The patent is just a marginal solution for a problem that doesn’t exist."

A verdict is expected to issue by a Mannheim court on 21 September 2012.

Apple lost an earlier case against HTC in the UK in patent infringing claims and in Germany the company started a similar action against both Google’s Motorola Mobility unit and Samsung.

In 2011, Apple’s claims about several smartphone and tablet patents were dismissed in the Netherlands in preliminary proceedings.

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In August 2012, Apple had won about $1.051bn in a patent suit against South Korean company Samsung which infringed six of seven patents for mobile devices.

In July 2012, Samsung had won a case in the UK with a High Court judge ruling that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices do not infringe on Apple’s iPad designs.

Last month, the Tokyo District Court in Japan had ruled that Samsung Electronics has not infringed Apple’s patent, rejecting similar patent-infringement claims by the company which it won in US.

Samsung also has court battles against Apple which are set to start in Germany, France and Italy in the following months.

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