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Court throws out smartphone challenges

A GERMAN court has thrown out patent lawsuits by both Apple and Samsung relating to technology used on their smartphones.

A GERMAN court has thrown out patent lawsuits by both Apple and Samsung relating to technology used on their smartphones.

The Mannheim state court confirmed it had dismissed the cases, which were taken out by the two companies against each other in a bid to assert ownership of the “slide-to-unlock” feature widely seen on phones.

The lawsuits are yet another example of the battle taking place between Apple, Samsung and Motorola Mobility, which have all been firing volleys of patent lawsuits at each other across the globe.

Apple was not immediately available for comment, but Samsung said it would be lodging an appeal against the decision at the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe.

Samsung said: “We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany.”

It did, however, welcome the court’s decision to dismiss Apple’s claim.

This is not the only patent lawsuit being thrown between the two companies.

Mannheim’s court ruled against Samsung in January on two other patent claims it made against Apple. Apple first sued Samsung in April, claiming the Galaxy phone maker “slavishly” copied the iPhone and iPad designs in making its own ranges. Mannheim alone still has cases regarding four patents held by Samsung, and several held by Apple.

Cases such as these can often result in temporary bans on products, such as the Australian court decision to ban sales of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet after a challenge by Apple. That ruling was later overturned.

Apple won a patent dispute last month over slide-to-unlock against Motorola Mobility, which is now owned by Google.

Apple accused Motorola of infringing a patent for a portable electronic device for photo management.

 

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