Apple Inc.’s lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co. of imitating the iPhone maker’s products was narrowed by a judge in federal court in California.
Apple’s claims that Samsung misrepresented its intent to license certain patents on fair terms was dismissed and Samsung’s request to throw out some of Apple’s antitrust claims was granted in a ruling yesterday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. Koh said Apple can amend its complaint to revive the claims.
Koh didn’t rule on Apple’s request to block Samsung from selling its Galaxy line of mobile devices in the U.S. based on claims they violate Apple patents.
Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return an e-mail yesterday seeking comment on the ruling.
The legal fight between Apple and rival smartphone makers is intensifying as an increasing number of consumers use smart phones and wireless handsets to surf the Web, play games and download music and videos. Samsung and Apple have been involved in lawsuits since April, when Cupertino, California-based Apple filed the San Jose lawsuit claiming the Suwon, South Korea-based company’s Galaxy devices copied the iPhone and iPad.
The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 11-1846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).