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U.S. judge declines to consider 2 Samsung patents

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In the first legal move following a Dec. 6 hearing, a U.S. federal judge has declined to rule on two Samsung Electronics Co. patents which Apple Inc. has been arguing were obtained unjustly, reports said Friday.

U.S. federal judge Lucy Koh on Thursday said she will not consider Apple's argument on the allegation since a jury previously ruled Apple products did not infringe the standard essential patents, according to Bloomberg and patent blog Foss Patents.

A jury verdict in late August sided with Apple, ordering the South Korean tech behemoth to pay US$1.05 billion in damages for infringing Apple patents. The iPhone maker was cleared of all infringement claims lodged by Samsung.

Koh decided not to rule on Apple's claim that Samsung manipulated the process to obtain the respective patents since the legal claim "cannot affect the outcome of the present case in light of the jury's finding of non-infringement."

While Foss Patent author Florian Mueller said the ruling is favorable for the iPhone maker, Samsung did not comment on the order.

The decision is the first ruling to come after the two smartphone makers clashed in a key hearing last week to address issues in their U.S. litigation, ranging from juror misconduct to a sales ban injunction.

Koh said she will issue orders in installments and by subject matter, implying it may take weeks or months for her to finalize decisions on the motions.

The U.S. lawsuit is part of a global patent war between the world's two biggest smartphone makers that are fighting to gain supremacy in the US$219 billion smartphone market. (Yonhap)
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