Judge Asks Apple to Prove Validity of its Patents in Samsung Case

October 15 00:00 2011

New York, October 15 (RainbowNewsLine.com) – In the latest courtroom face-off between the technology giants Samsung and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in a court hearing on Thursday, US District Judge Lucy Koh has affirmed that Apple’s iPad patents are being infringed upon by Samsung’s galaxy tablets. The judge has asked Apple to establish the validity of its patents. However, she has yet to give her ruling on Apple’s request to bar some Galaxy products from being sold in the United States.

Earlier on Thursday, a temporary ban was imposed on the sale of Samsung’s latest computer tablet in Australia by an Australian court. Apple and Samsung are involved in 20 legal battles in 10 countries in a bid to reach the top spot in the smartphone and tablet markets.

Apple’s request to bar some Samsung products from U.S. sale has been opposed by major providers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA arguing that a ban on Galaxy products would cut into holiday sales. Apple will need to show that Samsung infringed its patents and that its patents have the necessary validity under the law.

On the other hand, Samsung says that in order to defeat an injunction, it only needs to show that it has raised strong enough questions about the validity of Apple’s patents. Samsung’s attorney Kathleen Sullivan said at the hearing, “We think we’ve clearly raised substantial questions.”