Apple and Samsung have been locked in patent lawsuits all over the world for some time. In November for instance, a Dutch court ruled that Samsung infringed on an Apple patent describing a way to scroll through a photo gallery using a touchscreen.
Last August, a jury decided that Samsung must pay Apple US$1.05 billion for infringing several of its patents in Samsung smartphones and tablets. On Monday, a court in California denied Samsung a retrial of that dispute, and also refused Apple's request for a ban on the sale of some Samsung products.
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