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Apple wins court battle against Samsung
South Korea's Samsung on Thursday lost its latest claim in a long-running global copyright battle a...
Apple wins court battle against Samsung
South Korea's Samsung on Thursday lost its latest claim in a long-running global copyright battle against bitter rival Apple, a surprise blow to the electronics giant in its home market.
A court rejected Samsung's claims that some Apple products had infringed on three of its patents covering messaging technology for mobile devices.
It's the first time a South Korean court has ruled against Samsung in its battle with Apple. Samsung described Thursday's ruling as "preliminary" and indicated it would continue its battle at home.
"We are disappointed by the court's decision. As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights," Samsung said in a statement.
The ruling dealt a blow to Samsung's efforts to build its case over patents covering the designs and functions of smartphones.
Samsung had launched the lawsuit in a bid to stop the sale of some of Apple's iPhone and iPad models in South Korea. But the court rejected all of Samsung's claims against Apple, including a request to pay US$95,092 in damages.
The court noted that two of three patents in dispute are invalid because they can be easily developed using existing technologies.
The two tech giants have been locked in a prolonged patent war in more than 10 countries, with each accusing the other of infringing on various patents.
A German court ruled in favour of Samsung against Apple earlier this week. Apple's claim that Samsung infringed a patent on language-input technology in mobile devices was rejected.
In the US market, Samsung had been seeking a ban against some older Apple products claiming that they infringed on Samsung's "standard-essential" patents that must be licenced under fair and reasonable terms because they can be part of a mobile standard.
But in August, the Obama administration vetoed an import ban on some Apple products in the US, citing concerns about patent holders gaining leverage as well as potential harm to consumers.
In November, a US federal jury ordered Samsung to pay $290 million in damages to Apple in a partial retrial of a blockbuster patent case.
The US ruling came on top of an original $640 million award that went to Apple. The outcome brought the total amount that Samsung owes Apple close to the original $1.05 billion damage award.
Apple's victory in the US court has had little impact on new products, as Samsung has succeeded in distancing itself from Apple with new products such as its flagship Galaxy 4 smartphones.
After years of following and refining the iPhone's pioneering innovations -- a strategy that resulted in bitter patent battles -- Samsung has dethroned its rival to become the world's top smartphone maker.
Samsung extended its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market in the third quarter, according to the IDC survey. Samsung had 31.4 percent of the market.
-- Dow Jones News Wires contributed to this report --read more
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Australia look to seal dramatic Ashes turnaround against England
Australia look poised to seal one of the great turnarounds in Ashes history when they take on reeling England in Perth from Friday after bulldozing their way to a 2-0 lead.
The Aussies went into the Test series just months after a 3-0 loss in England but the incredible revival of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson triggered big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide.
The home side can take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on the famously fast pitch at the WACA -- Johnson's home ground -- while shell-shocked England, winners of the past three series, are desperately searching for answers.
Rival captains Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook will both play their 100th Tests but it is unlikely both men will be celebrating at the end of it.
England coach Andy Flower has warned that he is not afraid to ring the changes after batting failures in both of the first two Tests and some unconvincing bowling.
"We have taken some serious hits but we do have a squad full of people who are determined to turn the ship around, and that's what we must do," Flower said.
“There will obviously be changes in Perth. I'm absolutely ready to make tough decisions.
"We’ll assess those conditions and see who will best be able to help us take 20 wickets."
Batting comparisons between Clarke, 32, and Cook, 28, are indicative of a series that has gone all Australia's way so far after they won by 381 runs in Brisbane and 218 in Adelaide.
While Clarke has scored centuries in both of Australia's thumping wins, for a series average of 71, opener Cook has eked out just 82 runs in four innings at 20.50.
And while Clarke is luxuriating in the success of his three-man pace attack, spearheaded by Johnson, Cook is facing questions about his own leadership and his ageing team.
With fingers pointed at the contributions of senior players Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and also Cook, the England skipper has been on the defensive.
"We've got some very good players in there, their record suggests there are some very good players. Good players turn it around and that's what we need to do," Cook said.
"There are some very tough moments as a captain and we're in the middle of it.
"We're 2-0 down and I'm responsible as a captain for that in the sense that I'm leading the troops out there.
"It does hit you quite hard. But it's how you bounce back from it."
However, England's ability to recover will depend much on the form of left-armer Johnson, who has been virtually unplayable at times with 17 wickets at 12.70.
Johnson, sporting a now-trademark handlebar moustache, has also taken more of his 222 Test wickets at the WACA than at any other Test venue, with 36 scalps at a shade under 20.
While Australia, long in the doldrums after the retirement of a host of greats in the past decade, are now resurgent, Clarke has urged his team to stay grounded as they try to clinch the series.
Clarke described his side's record of only two Test wins since January as unacceptable, saying: "Our feet are certainly well and truly cemented on the ground."
But he added: "It's obviously exciting that we're going to a ground that we feel so comfortable playing at."read more
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