Samsung's Galaxy devices don't infringe on an Apple multitouch patent that describes technology that prevents smartphone users from pushing two on-screen buttons at the same time, the Court of the Hague ruled on Wednesday. The technique used in Android is sufficiently different from Apple's patent, the judge said.
Today's patent push includes rich, established companies in a variety of industries where IT is becoming the business model: healthcare, automotive, retail, insurance, consulting, airlines.
A California jury may have awarded Apple more than US$1 billion in damages in late August when it triumphed over Samsung in a hard-fought case over smartphone and tablet patents, but the iPhone maker is coming back for more: late on Friday it asked for additional damages of $707 million.
A patent recently filed by Microsoft seeks to obtain dibs on a system that will project a gaming environment on all the surfaces surrounding the gamer.
The February case has already resulted in a ban on the sale of Galaxy Nexus phones in the United States, although that injunction is pending appeal.
UPDATE: The Tokyo District Court decided against Apple's suit against Samsung on a single patent concerning synching media devices
Samsung said Tuesday it will "take all necessary measures" to keep its products on sale in the U.S.
In a blog post Monday, the electronics giant said it had hoped to reach a settlement with Apple.
Samsung tells a Californian court that Apple should pay it damages because it has been unable to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.