Court Deals Blow To Samsung Patent Claims

 Court Deals Blow To Samsung Patent Claims

On Saturday the ongoing legal battle over patents between technology giants Apple v Samsung & Google took another step forward as California District Court Judge Lucy Koh refused all of Samsung's pre-trial summary judgement motions against Apple's smart phone patents. 

On Saturday the ongoing legal battle over patents between technology giants Apple v Samsung & Google took another step forward as California District Court Judge Lucy Koh refused all of Samsung's pre-trial summary judgement motions against Apple's smart phone patents. 

Samsung submitted the motions after Apple filed motions against it for purported smartphone-related IP infringments, plus Apple's FRAND-related antitrust claims. As the matter has progressed, Apple's defense of it's patents has been found to be mostly sound , while Samsung's technology and Google's programming ethics have been called into question by Apple's string of wins.

In this decision the Court found Samsung / Google did not have sufficient property rights over the patents in dispute to justify an injunction favoring them, and they were all refused.  By rebuffing Samsung's claims to those patents, the court has put the Samsung / Google partnership on the back foot in the lead-up to the trial in late July.

The string of courtroom wins by Apple in relation to several patents as well as procedural issues are highlighting Samsung's design strategy and direction and the ethics of Google's programming involvement in the smartphone market.

Judge Koh's decisions and Apple's concise submissions on this matter highlight what appears to be a dubious design and software practices by Samsung and Google.

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