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Apple loses latest patent round against Samsung

German court rules Samsung doesn't infringe Apple's touchscreen technology
Fri Sep 21 2012, 15:43
Apple iPhone fighting Samsung Galaxy SIII

GADGET DESIGNER Apple has lost its latest patent lawsuit against Samsung, following its $1bn victory in US court in August.

A German court has ruled that Samsung as well as Motorola don't infringe an Apple patent relating to touchscreen functions, Reuters reports.

Apple claimed that its touchscreen technology is infringed in multiple Android devices, namely those from Samsung and Motorola, so a victory for the Cupertino company could have seen a lot of phones removed from German stores.

Samsung clearly welcomed the ruling, telling The INQUIRER, "We welcome today's ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property. For decades, we have heavily invested in pioneering the development of technological and design innovations in the mobile industry, which have been constantly reflected in our products. We will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of German consumers."

Motorola will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief following today's ruling too, as a German court yesterday ruled that it infringes on a Microsoft patent in its mobile devices. However, it's likely that Apple will appeal today's ruling, which it can do within 30 days.

This decision was made as Apple's latest smartphone, the Iphone 5, goes on sale across the globe. We were at the firm's flagship store in London for the UK launch this morning, where we were surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, queuing for the handset.

We hadn't heard back from Apple at the time of publication. µ


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