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Judge Rules Samsung Tablets Don't Infringe iPad Patents

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Follows UK court loss in same patent lawsuit case.

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Samsung's Galaxy tablets do not infringe Apple's design patents pertaining to the iPad.

Made in a district court in The Hague, the judgement saw the court stating that the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7 does not infringe the patents registered by Apple.

"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," Samsung said in a statement.

During the October of 2012, Apple lost a case in the UK where it argued that Samsung's slate of the aforementioned tablets infringed its design by utilizing a similar rounded rectangle design found on the iPad.

Ultimately, it led to the former being ordered to publicly display an apology to its chief competitor, one way or another.

 

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  • 18 Hide
    TheBigTroll , January 17, 2013 1:24 AM
    "ancient sumerians stone tablet with rounded corners" apple, why you no sue them???
  • 14 Hide
    jerm1027 , January 17, 2013 2:18 AM
    The people at Cupertino are literally insane.
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    Neverdyne , January 17, 2013 1:53 AM
    In other news, the lawsuit that Apple filed against Moses specifying that his tables infringe on iPad patents continues. Moses has been forced to break the current model of his tablets and recreate them to avoid further litigation.
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  • 9 Hide
    wardoc22 , January 17, 2013 1:12 AM
    Lel

    I know its an extremely short and ridiculous response. But its the perfect response for such a short article and ridiculous case.
  • 18 Hide
    TheBigTroll , January 17, 2013 1:24 AM
    "ancient sumerians stone tablet with rounded corners" apple, why you no sue them???
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    assasin32 , January 17, 2013 1:40 AM
    TheBigTroll"ancient sumerians stone tablet with rounded corners" apple, why you no sue them???


    Because sticks and stones (tablets) will break their bones but frivolous lawsuits will never hurt anyone.
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    Neverdyne , January 17, 2013 1:53 AM
    In other news, the lawsuit that Apple filed against Moses specifying that his tables infringe on iPad patents continues. Moses has been forced to break the current model of his tablets and recreate them to avoid further litigation.
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    A Bad Day , January 17, 2013 2:05 AM
    TheBigTroll"ancient sumerians stone tablet with rounded corners" apple, why you no sue them???


    Because you can't sue dead people?...

    Wait, there's been a case where someone tried to sue the God. Disregard my argument.
  • 14 Hide
    jerm1027 , January 17, 2013 2:18 AM
    The people at Cupertino are literally insane.
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    NuclearShadow , January 17, 2013 2:28 AM
    So the rounded rectangle design is the reason? We have hit such a low in our corporations behaviors and made such a joke out of our court systems to bring such cases forth costing the peoples taxes to
    have this case because of shapes? I don't even know what to say, I don't like using this word but this is exceptional case. This entire thing was retarded.


    A Bad DayBecause you can't sue dead people?...Wait, there's been a case where someone tried to sue the God. Disregard my argument.


    Actually there has been cases where dead people have been sued. The case I have in mind was filed before the defendants death but before any verdict. It was a piracy case and the deceased defendant lost and it was taken out of the estate that was left behind.
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    Cons29 , January 17, 2013 3:30 AM
    so that's 1 group of Jury in the US vs how many in opposite decisions in other countries?

    well at least some have common sense huh?
    good thing they don't own a patent for a circular button,
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 4:56 AM
    [good thing they don't own a patent for a circular button, ]

    At the rate Apple is applying patent now, soon they will own everything under the sky, in the sky, and beyond the sky. The sad fact is, many of these patents actually get approved. Things like page turning animation is actually owned by Apple as patent now. Once upon a time, patent meant the whole design of something complicated and substantial like a "ice resurfacer". Now you can own the patent on something as simple as a rectangular shape as long as you do some creative writing to make it sounds better than what it actually means.
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    _Cosmin_ , January 17, 2013 5:59 AM
    assasin32Because sticks and stones (tablets) will break their bones but frivolous lawsuits will never hurt anyone.


    Oh, but they do: they hurt us "the end users"! This lawsuits are made to BAN SALES of each others products...
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    Cons29 , January 17, 2013 6:15 AM
    patents should be something revolutionary, something remarkable like when they invented the first airplane or something.
    a new engine type, new kind of battery or screen.

    don't patent something like the way you walk which is almost the same as every other biped
  • 5 Hide
    cookoy , January 17, 2013 6:22 AM
    Apple: What are the chances we will lose?
    Lawyers: Zero.
    After losing case, lawyers: Oh, you mean "we" as in "Apple" and not "we" as in "lawyers"
    The only winners are the lawyers.
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 6:24 AM
    I'm just wondering when will crApple start suing everyone for using flat surface display devices.
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    cats_Paw , January 17, 2013 7:57 AM
    Apple just uses every corner they can to bully out others.
    Well, there is always a bigger fish as they say >D.
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    CrArC , January 17, 2013 8:32 AM
    jerm1027The people at Cupertino are literally insane.
    They're not - they're likely well aware of the nonsense they're spouting. However, these tactics work pretty well at inconveniencing and delaying their competitors, tying up their resources in long-winded legal battles.

    So, ridiculous as it is, they press on. And if they win some cases (as they've somehow managed to in the US) then, as far as they're concerned, so much the better.
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    master9716 , January 17, 2013 12:23 PM
    Omg serious ? apple sued over their tablet being rectangle with rounded corners? lol why would this case even be in court
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    bunz_of_steel , January 17, 2013 1:04 PM
    Apple suk$ the big one!
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    keither5150 , January 17, 2013 8:05 PM
    And Apple might wonder why many tech people have a high level of hate towards them. Your days of being preceived as cool are numbered. You really haven't been cool within tech circles ever. Most tech people are very logical. Apple has only been great at one thing, marketing. Although most logical people would not buy into the "if you don't have an iphone.... well you don't have an iphone" type of marketing. I would like to know why your product will fulfill my needs better than another. And then tell me why your product is a great value. Apple fails to market to people like me. Samsung has kinda sunk to Apple's level with their marketing. However, since I dislike Apple, I find it funny. This type of marketing is not appealing to me. I will do my own research when I buy electronics. Note 2 BTW. plus cheap acer tablet....... waiting for windows 8 pro tablet with over 256GB....... might have to wait a while.
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    fatdoi , January 17, 2013 9:34 PM
    next time everyone bite their apple (fruit) at top corner in public, picture will be taken by the fanboi army, sent to Cupertino and get sued for trademark infringement