Smart­phone mak­ers post 2 key vic­to­ries

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — The world’s top two smart­phone mak­ers have each scored sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ries on dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents that will en­able Ap­ple and Sam­sung to keep sell­ing their prod­ucts with­out le­gal in­ter­fer­ence this hol­i­day sea­son.

Late Mon­day, a fed­eral judge in San Jose, Calif., re­jected Ap­ple Inc.’s de­mands to block U.S. sales of three smart­phones made by Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Corp. The rul­ing came weeks af­ter a jury found that Sam­sung in­fringed six Ap­ple patents.

Hours later, Sam­sung an­nounced it was drop­ping its de­mands that sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries pro­hibit sales of Ap­ple smart­phones that Sam­sung claims in­fringe its patents. As a re­sult, Ap­ple phone sales will con­tinue in Ger­many, the United King­dom, France, Italy and the Nether­lands.

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