Court defies Apple demand to ban Samsung tablet
Prior art to invalidate Apple patent
The Munich Regional Court has chucked out an Apple request to impose a ban on the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet and on the South Korean giant's Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
The court decided that the Apple-owned patent on which the Mac maker had pegged its allegation that the Samsung kit infringes its intellectual property will be torn up.
Apple's patent, which covers tablet and phone touchscreens, was awarded last year. But Samsung maintains that the technology the patent seeks to protect was widely used long before Apple bosses filled in the patent application form.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1N was introduced in Germany in November 2011 to sidestep a court-imposed ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Yesterday, the Dusseldorf Regional Court threw out Samsung's appeal against the original injunction. ®
Finally someone's calling time on this nonsense.
does this mean
That the bs with patents awarded to Apple for prior art are finally going to start to be thrown out? Please say it is so.
@ac - Don't just read it, pay *attention*!
My shiny new Android phone can cut'n'paste random text, so allow me to quote:
"The court decided that the Apple-owned patent on which the Mac maker had pegged its allegation that the Samsung kit infringes its intellectual property will be torn up."
This doesn't imply the revised Samsung tablet is okay, it implies the patent *itself* was bogus.