galaxytab ipad German court dismisses Apple and Samsung lawsuits

A German court has dismissed two separate lawsuits brought by rivals Apple and Samsung against each other, marking a stalemate in both companies' efforts to ban opposing devices in the largest European economy.

A German court has dismissed two separate lawsuits brought by rivals Apple and Samsung against each other, marking a stalemate in both companies' efforts to ban opposing devices in the largest European economy.

 
The Mannheim regional court threw out Apple's case, which alleged that Samsung infringed one of its patents relating to slide-to-lock technology.
 
The court also dismissed the final of three patent claims Samsung made against Apple, relating to 3G/UMTS technology, the other two of which had been previously rejected.
 
galaxytab ipad German court dismisses Apple and Samsung lawsuits
 
Despite the stalemate both companies have additional lawsuits and patent claims pending a decision, including four more patents held by Samsung and another slide-to-unlock lawsuit brought by Apple.
 
Samsung welcomed the court's rejection of Apple's claims, stating that it affirms that its Galaxy range does not infringe Apple's intellectual property. It expressed disappointment that its own case was also dismissed, however, and vowed to appeal it at the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe.
 
The smartphone and tablet rivals have been at each other's throats for the past year after Apple threw the first stone, accusing Samsung of “slavishly copying” its designs, particularly in terms of the Galaxy Tab and iPad. It secured an initial sales ban against the device in Germany, but Samsung altered its design slightly and was able to put it back on the market.
 
Source: Reuters