Feeds

German court shoots down patent gripe against Apple

Samsung 0 for 3 in fruitchomp face-off

Build a business case: developing custom apps

A German court in Mannheim has ruled against one of the patents in a suit brought by Samsung against Apple, one of the many battlegrounds in the tech titans' patent wars.

Samsung can still appeal against the ruling and also has suits claiming a dozen or so other patents are being infringed by the fruitchomp-branded fondleslab firm.

"We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany," Nam Ki-yung, a spokesman for Samsung, told Reuters.

"It should be noted that today's ruling relates to only one of several patents asserted by Samsung in the Mannheim court."

The Samsung/Apple face-off is a struggle for the position of overlord in the smartphone market, a spot scooped by the Korean firm in the third quarter when it became the world's top maker.

Apple has repeatedly claimed that Samsung's mobe models, particularly its popular Galaxy range, "slavishly" copy Cupertino's iPhones and iPads. The Korean tech behemoth, naturally, does not agree.

In the case at hand, Samsung still has two patent claims that the Mannheim court must rule on, decisions the German beaks are due to take on January 27 and March 2.

Both firms have won and lost ground in their IP battles worldwide, with neither seeming to be too bruised by losses or pulling too far ahead with wins.

Apple succeeded in banning one of Samsung's Galaxy Tab fondleslabs in Australia briefly, but by the time the tablet was back on the shelves the Korean firm claimed the publicity from the case had actually helped its marketing.

A Samsung executive told Reuters the company had spent $60m on the legal disputes so far. This figure is a drop in the ocean compared to its profits. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.