The legal fight between the two smartphone majors has been widely viewed as a proxy war
A United States Court has ruled in favour of Apple by keeping its second patent case against Samsung on track for trial early next year.
The bid by Samsung claimed the iPhone maker improperly collected and shared personal information of its users, but this was set aside by US District Judge Lucy Koh.
In addition, the Judge has also refused to suspend an Apple patent lawsuit against Samsung for infringing its search technology in Siri voice assistant, which is scheduled for trial in March 2014.
Koh has also ordered both the firms to 'significantly' streamline the issues in the case by trimming down the number of legal claims and expert witnesses.
In August 2012, Apple had won about $1.051bn in a patent suit against Samsung, while upon the court's ruling, damages had been reduced by $450.5m.
The legal fight between the two smartphone majors has been widely viewed as a proxy war.
In a separate lawsuit in federal court in New York, Apple may find out in March whether its chief executive officer Tim Cook will be needed to testify in a US Justice Department lawsuit over e-books pricing.