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Samsung loses a German court case

Another victory for Apple in their tit for tat patents war
Fri Jan 27 2012, 13:12

KOREAN HARDWARE GIANT Samsung has lost another court case against Apple's Iphone in Germany.

According to the Korean Times, the decision was made Friday in a Mannheim regional court.

The tit for tat patents war between the two companies continues. However, an official told the Korean Times that a cross-licensing agreement could be the next step, saying, "It's too early to talk about a cross-licensing agreement, but we have to admit that is a scenario that has become likelier than before."

The latest decision addresses one part of Samsung's arguments that Apple's wireless technology related to 3G infringes its patents.

Only last week, a German court ruled against Samsung in another decision about a mobile technology patent.

The court cases come after Apple sued Samsung last year, saying Samsung's products "slavishly" copied the Ipad and Iphone. Samsung then countersued Apple and legal battles between the two companies spread across the globe.

Earlier this month, Samsung failed to win a ban on the Iphone 4S in Italy. Meanwhile, in December Apple lost in an early court decision over the future of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany after Samsung changed the design of the device.

Also last week, Apple filed two more lawsuits in Germany, one that alleges design patent infringements in ten of Samsung's smartphones and another that levels similar charges for five of its tablets. Apple has asked for bans on sales of Samsung's devices.

Samsung told us, "We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany. We will wait for the written grounds of today's judgment, and after thorough review make a decision about a possible appeal to the Higher Regional Court Karlsruhe.

"Today's ruling relates to only one of several patents asserted by Samsung in the Mannheim court, and it is of no indicative value as to whether Apple may be found to infringe other of Samsung's intellectual property rights in Germany. A ruling on an additional Samsung patent relating to telecommunications standards is due to be handed down by the Mannheim court in the next several weeks." µ

 

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