Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
A Dutch court has ruled Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple Inc patent by using certain multi-touch techniques on some of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.
Samsung isn't infringing on multi-touch patents
Apple has taken Samsung and others to court over the "pinch to zoom" function popular on smartphones and tablets.
Apple lost a preliminary injunction on this patent in the Dutch courts last year and also lost its battle in the courts in Britain against HTC Corp, and in Germany against Samsung and Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google .
The Dutch court acknowledged that its multi-touch patent ruling was similar to those in Britain and Germany.
Samsung said it welcomed the Dutch court's decision, while Apple declined to comment on the ruling.
The Hague has become an important court room battle ground between companies making mobile phones and tablet computers, as court actions there are considered to be cheap, speedy and efficient.
The Dutch court's ruling comes ahead of a decision in the United States from the International Trade Commission on Thursday over claims that Samsung infringed on Apple patents.
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