German Court Rejects Samsung's 3G/UMTS Patent Lawsuit Against Apple
There’s a lot going on at Apple and Samsung’s legal fronts, both tech giants have filed over a dozen lawsuits against each other in multiple courts around the world. One of such cases came to a much expected end today in a German court room.
Samsung lost another patent battle against Apple earlier today when Judge Andreas Voss of the Mannheim Regional Court rejected Samsung’s patent application against Apple. Though it is still unclear on what grounds did court reject Samsung’s application but folks over Samsung won’t be happy about this decision. Rejected patent application was filed by Samsung against Apple for infringing their 3G/UTMS patents. Samsung demanded a complete ban on all 3G products offered by California based consumer electronics manufacturer in Germany.
According to FOSS Patents, there are two reason why German court rejected Samsung’s application against Apple: either Apple’s products weren’t deemed to infringe on the patent in a technical sense or the court believes Samsung’s rights are exhausted and Apple has, by extension, a license.
Keep in mind that Samsung’s other application are also filed in the same German court and this rejection can and may jeopardize other applications filed by the Korean Electronics giant. But that too depends on some factors, IF today’s rejection was based on rights exhaustion as I mentioned above then Samsung’s other application filed under this category are pointless and it’s highly likely that German court would throw them out. But if today’s rejection was based on any other issue then Samsung’s other patent infringement application would stay were they are right now.
Both tech giants are involved in series of patent infringement and design infringement lawsuits in 4 continents. Apple, however, has a good winning record against Samsung up till now. The only and major break which Samsung got in these lawsuits were in Australia where Samsung defeated Apple and court allowed Samsung to sell their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
More details will be provided as these lawsuit stories unfold.
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We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!