Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wins again! On Tuesday, California Judge Lucy Koh issued two rulings against Samsung over alleged patent infringements.
The patent battle between Apple and Samsung intensifies
The particular patent involves the autocomplete on the keyboard. Since Apple holds exclusive rights to this feature, Samsung infringed with a similar feature on their phones. However, Samsung could still invalidate the patent later on this spring to clear their case.
Things could get tough for Samsung and possibly Google if it’s found that Android Jelly Bean infringes on the patent.
To make matters worse for Samsung, Koh also invalidated the South Korean tech giant’s multimedia synchronization patent. Adi Robertson for The Verge clarified, “One of Samsung’s patents, however, was declared invalid, leaving it with only four claims to bring to court. Koh agreed with Apple’s argument that the patent, which covered syncing media between devices, depended too heavily on previous work, with few meaningful updates. This puts Samsung at a disadvantage if the case goes to trial, but it also gives it less bargaining power when the two meet for a mediation session in February.”
Both companies will go back to court in March. In the meantime, the companies may collaborate in a talk session in hopes of reaching a truce. Whether it proves successful remains to be seen.
Apple moves ahead
Samsung and Apple entered the case with five patents each. Both companies have been fighting it out in court for a few years now and it doesn’t look like that fight will end anytime soon. The Cupertino-based tech giant wants Samsung to pay up for all their allegedly stolen patents as well as remove many of their rival’s products off the market. Samsung wants to fight back. Koh’s decision puts Apple ahead and pushes Samsung back.