SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple and Samsung, the world’s top two smartphone makers, each scored a significant victory on different continents that will allow both to keep selling their products without legal interference this holiday season.
A federal judge in San Jose late Monday rejected Apple Inc.’s demands to block U.S. sales of three smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Corp. The ruling came weeks after a jury found that Samsung infringed six Apple patents.
Despite the developments, the two companies remain locked in legal battles around the globe. But taken together, the moves on Monday could hint at a global settlement between the two tech giants that account for more than half of all smartphone sales worldwide, legal experts and technology analysts said.
“I think we have seen some moves in that direction,” said University of Notre Dame law school professor Mark McKenna. “The odds of a settlement just got a little bit better” because of the judge’s refusal to bar U.S. sales of Samsung’s products.
The ruling allows three versions of Samsung’s older-generation Galaxy SII smartphones to remain on U.S. shelves, while Apple sales will continue unabated in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
“We are pleased that the judge today denied Apple’s move to limit consumer choice, and restrict fair competition in the marketplace,” South Korea-based Samsung said in a statement commenting on the ruling in San Jose.
Regarding its decision in Europe, it said, “we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court.”
Apple declined comment about the developments.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose implored the two companies to settle the legal disputes stretching over four continents.View Entire Story
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