John Paczkowski

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Apple Loses Touch Patent Smackdown to Samsung in Netherlands

Apple doesn’t seem to be having much luck asserting its multitouch patent against rivals abroad.

A Dutch court on Wednesday found that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s so-called “touch event” technology, a feature which associate multitouch flags with one or more views.

“The court judges that Samsung with the trading of its Galaxy products does not infringe on [Apple's patent],” the Court of The Hague explained in its ruling. “Apple, as the unsuccessful party, will be ordered to pay the litigation costs.”

While expected — today’s ruling is an affirmation of an earlier one — it’s still a clear setback for Apple, which has lost similar battles against Samsung in Germany and HTC in the U.K.

The broader war — the smartphone IP Hundred Years War, as we’ve taken to calling it — of course rages on with no end in site. And there Apple has gained significant ground, winning a number of product injunctions and a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung for violation of its design patents.

Errata: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the patent in question as pinch-to-zoom.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik