Apple court dates set against Samsung and Motorola in Germany

Macworld Australia Staff
9 July, 2012
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Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung and Motorola for allegedly infringing upon its multitouch patent have been given dates by a German court.

The two cases, which could stop sales of both manufacturers’ handsets in Germany, have been scheduled for August 31 (Samsung) and September 21 (Motorola) to be heard in the Mannheim court.

According to AppleInsider, Apple’s European Patent EP2098948 involves “a ‘Touch event model’ that covers multitouch heuristics, or how a device detects and correctly handles users’ input”.

“More specifically the patent describes how, depending on screen configuration of UI elements, software determines what touch events to recognise and which to ignore,” AppleInsider said.

Samsung faced similar patent disputes in 2011 with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which it resolved five months later with the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.

Samsung has been involved in litigation with Apple in the US on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, with the tablet banned from sale in the US currently.

Apple’s successful injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US on July 2 was given a temporary break last week, with Samsung able to resume sales until Apple responds to the US Federal Appeals Court on Thursday, July 12.

Google announced last week it is working with Samsung to create a software patch to enable the sale of the smartphone in the US and avoid future patent litigation.



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