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Samsung is expected to file its own brief in the following weeks

Nokia has decided to join Apple in the quest to crush Samsung.

Nokia filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington earlier this week in an effort to help Apple achieve a permanent injunction of some Samsung phones.

According to Nokia, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh was wrong in making Apple show "causal nexus" between demand for the iPhone and the patent violations.

Keith Broyles, Nokia's attorney from Alston & Bird, said that Nokia joined the case as an ally for Apple in order to protect patents for future innovative devices.

"Nokia has recently been involved in numerous U.S. patent lawsuits, as both a plaintiff and defendant," Broyles wrote. "Nokia is thus both a significant patent owner that might seek an injunction to protect its patent rights, and a manufacturer in an industry in which patent owners routinely issue threats of injunctions for patent infringement."

This case has been ongoing for some time. Last June, Apple's patent infringement claims against Samsung for its Galaxy Nexus phone led to a preliminary injunction, ruled by Judge Koh. Samsung then appealed this ruling on July 1 in an attempt to lift the temporary ban. The ban stayed.

In August, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Samsung indeed infringed Apple's patents.

However, in December, Judge Koh denied Apple's request for a permanent injunction against certain Samsung phones, which sent the case back to appeals court. Now, apparently Nokia wants in on the action.

Samsung is expected to file its own brief in the following weeks.

Source: Thomson Reuters News & Insight

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RE: So....
By testerguy on 3/9/2013 8:07:24 AM , Rating: 1
A bigger screen in a case that was almost a full 50% larger by area, The word "Samsung" emblazoned on the device with no "Apple" or fruit logo, it used entirely different hardware, had some differentiating features and most importantly, ran a completely different OS. It most certainly was not a copy. Not even close.

Why do people with no grasp or understanding of the patents or patent law even post such drivel.

Firstly - you mention the Samsung logo. Do you think a car company can copy a BMW down to every last detail but write their own logo on the side, and that's OK?

Secondly - whether they looked the same, whether people could tell them apart or not, and the hardware they used, have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any of this case. There are certain design aspects of the home screen which are in question (layouts, colours of icons, springboard at the bottom) as well as utility patents, such as bounce back etc - all of which Samsung thoroughly documented themselves copying.

The 'black rectangle with rounded corners' patent (which is not that at all) was found in Germany to be infringed by the Galaxy Tab, with two Samsung lawyers unable to point out which tablet was the iPad and which was the Galaxy Tab.

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