AMSTERDAM -- A Dutch court has again ruled against Apple (AAPL) in a suit against South Korea's Samsung Electronics, saying that Galaxy tablet computers don't infringe an Apple patent on touchscreen interfaces.
The Dutch case is one of many Apple is pursuing against Samsung in their reciprocal patent war. If Apple had been successful in the Netherlands, it could have disrupted Samsung's ability to distribute in Europe through the port of Rotterdam.
Apple lost a request for a provisional ruling in August 2011, and an appeal in January. The Hague District Court's ruling published Thursday is a full-fledged civil suit on the same point. Like British and German courts, the Dutch court found that the touchscreen interface Samsung's Galaxy tabs use does not violate Apple's patents.
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