Apple suit against Samsung dealing with "pinch-to-zoom" is stayed by German Court

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Earlier on Friday, we told you that it was expected that some more of Apple's cases against Samsung would receive a Stay which is basically a temporary suspension of court proceedings. Later on Friday, a third Apple suit against Samsung received a stay pending the resolution of another case in the German Federal Patent Court. In Germany, patents often are the subject of two separate but parallel cases with one involving the alleged infringement of a patent and the other ruling on the validity of the patent.

The latest stay involves a patent infringement suit filed by Apple against Samsung claiming that the Korean based manufacturer infringed on an Apple patent that includes the "pinch-to-zoom" gesture. If Apple's property rights are established, the court can remove the stay and the trial can resume. Thus, this is not a loss for Apple or a victory for Samsung.

So far, Apple has received three stays and one dismissal of its cases against Samsung in Germany. As we pointed out earlier Friday, one of the stays involved a lawsuit revolving around the "slide-to-unlock" method which was suspended in March. The other involved a suit that was put on hold this month where Apple claimed that Samsung had infringed on Apple's photo gallery page-flipping patent. The stay was issued in Germany even though a court in the Netherlands had made a decision on the patent that established precedent and affirmed the patent.

source: iPodnn

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33 Comments

1. chadrick0814 unregistered

The "slide to unlock" patent suit is my personal favorite. I love the fact that apple will sue over things that were widely-used years before they marched into the patent office, then their CEO says "other companies should invent their own stuff.". Good artists copy, great artists steal, patent, then sue.

21. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Apple can apply for patents but when other companies show document of invention long before they did, and they will it wont go any where.

2. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Apple. The most hypocritical and powerful scourge on earth. #loathe

3. angelesmec unregistered

Another funny patent issue.

4. wendygarett unregistered

every things that patent by apple is been outdated... dont you all realised that? when you take a look of HTC lockscreen, you will find out that it is zillion times better than the boring 'slide to unlock' :(

5. wendygarett unregistered

I mean, if apple keep rely too heavily on patent, it would eventually erodes due to demotivation of innovate... patent has expiry!!!

6. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Rather than Samsung not innovating at all and resort to steal IP.

8. Alvin1001

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2012

samsung's gs3 lockscreen shortcuts is a rip off from htc's lockscreen.

11. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

"Not innovating at all"? So who provides the new screen, chip, NAND flash,... to Apple? And then i-S-h-e-e-p-s say: "It's REVOLUTIONARY"

12. Alvin1001

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2012

they innovate and copy at the same time.

19. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

look nokia's symbian belle. Home screen copy of HTC and Notification Bar copy of ANDROID.

20. TurkeyBacon

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2012

Symbian has been there since Android, clarify plz./

7. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

Serve Samsung right for stealing.

10. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

You actually give me a good laugh. Learn how to Troll first before Failing like this. Trying to defend a company who is already got kicked in its arse by the judges.

14. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

You fail as a troll.

15. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Iam not the one Trolling here.

16. APPLE_R0YALLY

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

We say™ We think™ This is Lord of Trolls or Huge troller, as in Eaxvac....!?

26. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

boy u got a sense of humor

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Serves u right for being a hypocript and a s... pinch to zoom wasnt invented by Apple or Samsung. What give u right to say Samsung copied? when every manufacturer use pinch to zoom

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Pinch to Zoom, wasn't that use in Microsoft Coffee table?

18. TurkeyBacon

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2012

Microsoft and Apple have cross patent licensing agreement, Microsoft & Apple does own some degree of touch/pinch to zoom.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they recently got awarded the patent for a very specific style of pinch to zoom. the devil is in the details of the implementation. they dont own "all" pinch to zoom.

13. JcHnd

Posts: 282; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They way they're going soon Apple will sue everyone over the invention of the cellphone...

17. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

How many times they will sue each other. Why dont first mobile maker sue all other companies for copying their voice call feature.

22. Maxaravind

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Are we gonna sit and do nothing abt this..........?? If apple succedes in it's patent lawsuits that will mean that you can even patent the way u p*e and can sue any who p*e in that way............(sry for the lang..........)

23. Maxaravind

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Are we gonna sit and do nothing abt this..........?? If apple succedes in it's patent lawsuits that will mean that you can even patent the way u p*e and can sue any who p*e in that way............(sry for the lang..........)

25. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

APple get a life you? ??????

27. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Apple should really be renamed to Grape. cos they are real sour grapes! can't take competition? get out of the game. simple

28. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I love how Apple is just targetting Samsing aka their biggest competition when Palm, Microsoft, and even RIM have all used pinch to zoom and many other features. This isnt about protecting their inventions, its all about fear of competition.

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yea let's give Samsung a pass and ignore how they copy and steal ip and blame Apple instead. Nice one

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