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Samsung Android devices infringe Apple's autocorrect patent, US judge rules

Apple can now seek a ban on the smartphones in question
Wed Jan 22 2014, 14:04
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A JUDGE dealt some bad news to Samsung on Tuesday, ruling that the Korean firm infringes Apple's auto-complete text patent and that two of its own patents are invalid.

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh who is presiding over the two firms' ongoing patent battles delivered the bad news to Samsung.

Judge Koh ruled that Samsung had infringed Apple's patented "word processing" technology, better known as autocorrect, throwing out Samsung's argument that the patent related only to devices with physical keyboards.

"Because Samsung does not otherwise dispute Apple's satisfactory showing of infringement as to that claim, the Court grants Apple's motion for summary judgment that the '172 Accused Products infringe claim 18 of the '172 Patent," Judge Koh said.

This ruling means that Apple can now seek a ban on the infringing Samsung devices, which include the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S2.

Judge Koh also ruled that Samsung's patent on multimedia synchronization, the ability to access movies and music across multiple devices in different locations, is invalid.

A Samsung spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "We [...] look forward to the jury trial (in March), when the jury is expected to consider the claims related to the remaining summary judgment requests that were denied.

"For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological innovations in the mobile industry, which have been constantly reflected in our products.

"We remain confident that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to protect our intellectual property rights."

Apple was not immediately available for comment, possibly because it was too busy rubbing its hands in glee at the ruling. µ


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