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September 25, 2012

German court dismisses Apple’s patent claims against Samsung, Motorola

Apple has 30 days to appeal against the judgement

By CBR Staff Writer

South Korea based Samsung Electronics and Google’s Motorola have won multi-touch patents lawsuit against US based iPhone maker Apple in Germany, as the court in Mannheim dimissed Apple’s patent infringement claims against the mobile makers.

Mannheim court discarded Apple’s infringement claims regarding how its smartphones managed data according to how many fingers touched a gadget’s screen.

The iPhone maker will be allowed to appeal against decision within 30 days, while the court’s rejection follows related decisions made in the Netherlands and Britain.

Samsung said in a statement that the company welcomes the court’s ruling, which affirms its position that its products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property.

"We will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of German consumers," Samsung said.

Apple has also lost a similar patent lawsuit against HTC in the UK following the rejection of Apple’s claims that the patent was violated.

Earlier, the iPhone maker was awarded $1.05bn in damages against Samsung over infringing the iPhone and iPad, while later Apple had lost a lawsuit following Tokyo judge’s ruling that Samsung smartphones and a tablet have not infringed Apple’s creation for synchronizing music and video data with servers.

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Apple has also won a patent case against Motorola in Munich’s court, which ruled favouring Apple regarding its ‘over scroll bounce’ patent.

The case is one of the several patent cases involving Apple in Germany, and the company has filed a separate legal against Google owned Motorola and Samsung over the use of "touch event" technologies.

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