Samsung slammed in new US court judgment
Judge says Samsung’s Galaxy Tab does violate Apple patents
A US judge has ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tabs infringe on Apple's patents, according to Reuters.
California District Judge Lucy Ko warned Apple that it would need to prove the validity of those patents if it is to have a chance at winning an injunction banning the sale of the devices.
This is the latest decision in a dispute between apple and Samsung that currently spans 20 court cases in 10 countries.
In the Netherlands a court case brought by Samsung to ban Apple products was rejected.
Samsung had argued that Apple should not be allowed to sell devices that use 3G mobile technology patented by Samsung because it did not have licenses to use the technology, while Apple claims that the Galaxy range copied its iPad and iPhone.
A similar ruling in an Australian court led to a temporary sales ban on the tablet in that country.
The patents under dispute include three covering design, including the exterior look of the device, plus a list scrolling patent, which relates to how users view documents.
Samsung argues that Apple's claims are invalid due to previously registered patents relating to design elements and functionality.
The electronics giants have been locked in patent disputes since April, with each accusing the other of infringing various patents.