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Apple-Samsung patent battle spills over French border

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 13 Sep 2011 14:31 User comments (2)

Apple-Samsung patent battle spills over French border Samsung has gone on the offensive in their ongoing patent war with Apple over smartphones and tablets. They are suing Apple in France over the iPhone and iPad.
The new suit revolves around three Samsung patents related to 3G technology.

Perhaps taking a shot at Apple, a Samsung spokesman told Agence France-Presse, "The complaint focuses on three technology patents, and not on the design of the tablets."

Apple's suit against Samsung in Germany, which has resulted in a ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by their subsidiary in that country, is based on alleged violations of a Community Design Patent which appears to cover all thin tablets with rounded corners sold in the EU.

In addition to the new lawsuit in France, Samsung has appealed the German ruling.

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2 user comments

114.9.2011 3:46

I think this lawsuite is going to crush Apple.

As it's not device based but service based.

214.9.2011 11:15

Originally posted by xtago:
I think this lawsuite is going to crush Apple.

As it's not device based but service based.

I don't get the idea behind "design patents" either.
Design is copyright, not functionality (although it can be derived from that).
Who came up with the idea that design regardless of functionality can be patented in the first place ?

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