Apple Patent In Samsung Fight May Be Invalid: Judge

Law360, San Diego (October 19, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge said she believed Apple Inc.’s design patent for the iPad — asserted in its case alleging Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s smartphones and tablet computers infringe Apple's intellectual property — was invalid, according to a court transcript released Monday.

During an Oct. 13 hearing for Apple’s preliminary injunction bid, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh indicated the accused Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab “looks almost identical” to the Apple iPad and that she thought the tablets did infringe Apple’s U.S. Patent Number D504,889, which covers...
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