U.S judge favours Apple over Samsung in claim construction order
| by Anuradha Shetty |
After a brief lull the long drawn Apple - Samsung lawsuit is back in the news. At a recent hearing of the case in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Judge Lucy Koh, reportedly sided with Apple in the claim construction orders that she released. A claim construction order, essentially is deciding in on the meaning of certain terms that feature during the course of such lawsuits. A claim construction order is important because knowing the meaning of a lot of these terms, helps in defining the scope of one’s patent rights, for one, and in some instances also has the ability to direct the course of the litigation. Foss Patents in a related post stated, "Apple generally wins much more favorable claim constructions in federal courts than at the ITC, in general and especially when the same patents are at issue -- in this case, it happened with a patent on "ellipse fitting for multi-touch interfaces."
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Both Apple and Samsung have been engaged in a bitter lawsuit battle for close to a year now, over a series of patents, which each claims has been infringed on by the other. The companies have been giving each other a tough time, and the numerous lawsuits currently on in several countries, globally, testify to that. Samsung, only recently grabbed headlines when it failed to score an iPhone and iPad ban in the Netherlands. Close on its heels Apple was reported to have been looking at banning the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the U.S. Over the months, several products from both Apple as well as the Samsung camps saw themselves being tangled in the patent lawsuit.
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