text selection patentA U.S. International Trade Commission judge gave a preliminary ruling on one of Apple’s cases against Samsung, saying that the Korean company has a few devices that infringe one of Apple’s patents on text selection.

This patent includes the text selection method for browsers where the text is covered by that translucent layer and then the user is able to take action on the text.

Judge Thomas Pender  gave his decision in court saying that indeed a small number of Samsung phones infringe the U.S. patent RE41,922, filed by Apple in 2002. Another patent regarding the detection of circuitry for a jack socket that will indicate the connection of a microphone or a set of headphones was judged, but Samsung was found not guilty of infringing this one.

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The final decision on the case will be given later this year, so we will keep you posted for further updates that concern Samsung and Apple.

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