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US judge not to suspend Apple vs Samsung patent case

Last Updated: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 10:54

Zeebiz Bureau

San Francisco: In a situation that could brew further trouble for the South Korean electronic giant, a US judge on Friday refused to suspend Apple Inc's patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

The decision comes on the heel of Samsung losing out to Apple at a High Court in UK in regards to the patent war.

In the UK court, Samsung had filed a case against Apple over patents related to the 3G mobile broadband standard. However, the judge is reported to have declared all three technology patents claimed by the South Korean company as invalid.

In the US, Apple had filed a case related to various patents in Samsung which it claimed the Korean company had copied including the search technology in Apple’s Siri voice assistant.

The ruling came from US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. Apple's Siri lawsuit involves different patents than the case that went to trial in California last year.

Representatives for Apple and Samsung declined to comment.

Apple won a USD 1.05 billion verdict last August against Samsung, but last week Koh slashed about USD 450 million from that amount and ordered a new damages trial. The judge had already rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban against several Samsung phones.

Apple has appealed and a ruling is not expected until September at the earliest.

Apple also accused Samsung in a second lawsuit of violating a separate batch of patents, including the rights to search technology that is part of the iPhone Siri voice feature. That case is scheduled for trial in March 2014.

At a hearing last month, Koh asked whether the second case should be put on hold until after the appeals court ruled on the first. Apple objected to the idea, and on Friday Koh ruled that the case could continue.

However, Koh ordered both companies to "significantly" streamline the issues in the case by cutting down on the number of legal claims and expert witnesses.

The legal fight has been widely viewed as a proxy war between Apple and Google Inc. Samsung's hot-selling Galaxy smartphones and tablets run on Google's Android operating system.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 10:54
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