Samsung small victory, 3 Galaxy phones excluded from Apple case

We continue to bring you developments in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung regarding alleged patent infringements and only yesterday told how Judge Lucy Koh has ordered attorneys from both sides to meet to negotiate jury instructions. The latest news is that Samsung has been granted a small victory, albeit it minor, and managed to get 3 of its Galaxy phones excluded from the case.

Apple has concluded its primary case and yesterday in court it was Samsung’s turn to be heard where the giant global company argued that Apple had failed to make its case and that it should therefore be dropped. However Judge Lucy Koh disagreed and ruled that Apple had enough of a case, from documents and testimony presented, that a reasonable jury might find a basis for infringement. To this end Apple has named a number of Samsung phones and tablets that it feels infringe on its intellectual property. However in a minor nod to Samsung, Judge Koh did agree that three phones should be removed from the lawsuit, as the case applies to two Samsung US subsidiaries and these phones were not widely sold in the U.S.

However all other phones mentioned in the case are still under claim and regarding Apple’s claim against Samsung Korea’s patent company the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S and S2 global versions can still be pursued, according to AllThingsD. The US-specific Galaxy S and S2 don’t come under the ruling. If the jury finds infringements of all the claims then Apple could be owed between $2.5 and $2.75 billion according to an Apple-hired accounting expert.

Samsung will now make its case against Apple’s claims and will argue that there were no infringements and that Apple should never have been granted some patents anyway. The case will surely rumble on and no doubt there will be many more twists and turns along the way. We shall be interested in the eventual outcome and what it could mean for the mobile industry but it seems there’s a long way to go! If you have any thoughts on this ongoing legal saga then share them with us by sending your comments.

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