In the ongoing global legal war between Samsung and Apple, the latter has recently won a minor battle in the UK, as Judge Floyd from the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales has denied the validity of three 3G standard essential patents (SEPs).
Samsung claimed that Apple was infringing on three patents related to WDCMA, HSUPA and UMTS compliant devices, but Judge Floyd has invalidated all three of them. This ruling is in effect in the UK alone, and will not bear any consequences on the rest of the legal battles that these two technology giants are sustaining in the rest of the EU.
Samsung’s SEPs patents have been very a very inefficient weapon, as according to Florian Mayer from FossPatents, Samsung failed to win a total of 25 SEP assertions against Apple around the globe, with the South Korean manufacturer winning just three. Samsung has been recently more fortunate in almost halving the amount it has to pay to Apple for patent infringement in the US.
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We wouldn’t be in this situation if it weren’t for Apple. They started it with that stupid “Your device looks just like mine. It’s rectangle.”
This patent crap is worthless and hinders innovation. They both should be ashamed for engaging in a hissy fit.