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Apple Cleared of Scrambling Patent Infringement

Apple has yet another win under its belt with a pre-trial decision by a US District Court judge that clears Apple of the scrambling technology patent asserted by Samsung.

In yet another success on Friday, Apple convinced California District Court Judge Koh that it is not infringing Samsung's claim relating to U.S. Patent No. 7,362,867, which is an "apparatus and method for generating scrambling code in UMTS mobile communication system".

Apple and Samsung are gearing up to go head-to-head in a trial scheduled to start in the US in late July.  Last week Apple won a string of pre-trial decisions relating to patents in what many are describing as a 'winning streak'.

Cupertino appears well-positioned for the upcoming trial, having already been granted pre-trial injunctions against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus, while Samsung's 10 claims against Apple has been reduced to 6 by the Court.

The two companies are currently embroiled in legal disputes over smartphone technology patents in ten countries.


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