Judge Lucy Koh, who is the presiding judge in a high-stakes court battle between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung over patents violations, denied a motion filed by Apple to punish Samsung for making public, excluded evidence to the media.
Apple had sought sanctions to be imposed on Samsung and to dismiss its defense to its patent claims, AppleInsider said.
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Terming Apple's request as `frivolous' Koh struck down the motion. According to AppleInsider, in her ruling she said -
“Having considered the papers submitted, and GOOD CAUSE HAVING BEEN SHOWN, the Court hereby GRANTS Samsung’s Motion to Strike. Alternatively, the Court DENIES Apple’s request to enter a judgment finding Apple’s asserted design patents valid and infringed.”
Samsung on its part issued a statement that read:
Apple and Samsung are engaged in legal disputes across a dozen courts spanning continents and countries as they battle it out in the high-growth smartphone segment, as more people take to mobile devices to work and entertain themselves.
Neither of them is willing to back down from their stands.
Patents are at the core of the tech industry's growth and evolution and their rights are guarded jealously and the slightest whiff of infringements or suspicions of copying can invite court action.
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Almost all the global tech majors are involved in legal disputes or the other over patent violations. Filing suits are also used by global corporations to stamp out competition and preventing their rivals from getting access to certain markets.
Its only going to get more interesting.