Apple Cleared Of One Samsung Patent In Germany

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A German judge hearing one of Samsung’s seven patent infringement cases against Apple ruled in favor of Apple on Friday, 20 January 2012. The patent infringement case involves one of several 3G/UMTS patents held by Samsung.

The ruling did not give the reason why the judge rejected Samsung’s argument. According to FOSS Patents, the judge either believed Apple did not infringe on the patent or that Samsung exhausted its patent right and Apple, by default, has a license.

The reason behind this decision could impact Samsung’s remaining claims. If Samsung has exhausted its rights to this patent, it could also see more embarrassment in courts with its other 3G/UMTS-based claims thrown out. However, if this ruling involves direct infringement, then the remaining 3G/UMTS claims could succeed.

Samsung has the right to appeal the Mannheim Regional Court’s ruling to a higher, regional court and, eventually, the Federal Court of Justice. Nobody knows what Samsung would do now. This victory for Apple comes just days after Apple sued Samsung over Galaxy S II and some other phones.

The feud between Apple and Samsung has been going on for months ever since the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in Australia due to a lawsuit from Apple.

Since then, both tech giants accused each other for patents infringement and sued each other. Sometimes, Apple had the upper hand most of the time and on few occasions, Samsung was victorious.

From Australia, the conflict between Apple and Samsung spread over the world with companies suing each other in Italy, Germany, United States and France.

In Australia, the ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been quashed in late November 2011. However, Galaxy Tab was released after 9 December 2011 because Apple had obtained a stay order on the implementation of verdict lifting the ban. Apple requested for more extension but its plea was rejected this time. This was the second victory of Samsung in Australia.

Apple-Samsung saga will unfold again when Apple and Samsung face each other again in an Australian court in March 2012.

Source: TUAW

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