We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Apple vs Samsung: Dutch patent ruling goes against Apple

Apple's multitouch interface complaint falls on deaf ears

Apple has suffered another legal defeat, this time facing a Dutch court's ruling that Samsung did not violate its patents.

After losing its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung did not violate its iPad and iPhone patents (on the basis that Samsung products aren't as cool, bizarrely enough), Apple has suffered another legal defeat this week. A court in the Hague has ruled against the Calfifornia company, judging that Samsung does not infringe an Apple patent related to multitouch interfaces.

Apple had pursued legal action in protest at the use of 'pinch to zoom' gestures in the interfaces of Samsung smartphones and tablets.

Samsung released a statement following the announcement. "We welcome today's ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," the company stated.

"For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological and design innovations in the mobile industry, which have been constantly reflected in our products. We will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of Dutch consumers."

Apple declined to offer a comment on this latest defeat.

(Via Reuters)


IDG UK Sites

iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 comparison: New iPad mini 3 isn't worth £80 more

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad mini 3: No wonder Apple gave it 10 seconds of stage time

IDG UK Sites

Halloween Photoshop tutorials: 13 masterclasses for horrifying art, designs and type

IDG UK Sites

Should I upgrade from Mavericks to OS X 10.10 Yosemite? What you need to know before updating to...