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Judge Rules Samsung Tablets Don't Infringe iPad Patents

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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  • wardoc22
    Lel

    I know its an extremely short and ridiculous response. But its the perfect response for such a short article and ridiculous case.
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  • TheBigTroll
    "ancient sumerians stone tablet with rounded corners" apple, why you no sue them???
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  • assasin32
    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
    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
    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.
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  • jerm1027
    The people at Cupertino are literally insane.
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  • NuclearShadow
    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
    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,
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  • 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_
    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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