Samsung has defeated Apple in a case being heard in the Netherlands over touchscreen patents, according to Reuters.
The decision in the Dutch courts centred on a complaint from Apple that its rival was infringing on a multi-touch input system when using two or more fingers to interact with a device's screen.
"With these products Samsung does not infringe the claims that Apple has made," the court said in its ruling, according to the Reuters' report.
A statement from Samsung on the decision said, "We welcome today's ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property".
V3 contacted Apple for comment but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The victory for the South Korean firm is the latest in a series of rulings in its favour including a decision in the UK courts reject an appeal from Apple relating to the design of Samsung tablets in comparison with the iPad.
Apple, meanwhile, has once again lost cases centring on this input method, after judges in the UK and Germany have ruled in favour of its rival, HTC and Samsung respectively, in cases brought in those countries.
However, it won the most high-profile case to date in the US where a jury found in its favour and awarded damages of $1bn to the firm. Samsung is currently attempting to appeal this ruling.
The two firms will clash again in the US on Friday a case being heard by the International Trade Commission is expected to take place relating to alleged patent infringements.
A separate case heard by the ITC, which was brought by Samsung, found for Apple when the preliminary ruling was made by the organisation in September.
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