Apple loses German patent case v Samsung, Motorola
A visitor passes by the logo of Samsung Electronics Co. at a showroom of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, in this Oct. 7, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Lee Jin-man
BERLIN - A German court has dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung Electronics and Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility infringed patents used in touch-screen devices.
The Mannheim state court's ruling Friday follows similar decisions in Britain and the Netherlands.
The ruling can be appealed within 30 days.
Apple and its rivals are locked in a complex worldwide battle over patents and design rights covering the lucrative market for smartphones and tablet computers.
Last month a U.S. court ruled that Samsung phones and tablets infringe on Apple patents, and awarded the Cupertino, California, company $1.05 billion.
Meanwhile, Samsung is seeking royalties from Apple for sales of iPhones it says infringe on its patents.
Latest Tech Galleries
In Bangladesh, men desperate for work perform one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. They demolish huge ships in grueling conditions, braving disease,... More In Bangladesh, men desperate for work perform one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. They demolish huge ships in grueling conditions, braving disease, pollution, and the threat of being crushed or stabbed by steel sliced from the hulls. Explore the lives of ship-breakers online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/shipbreakers/gwin-text
Date 2 hrs ago, Duration 4:40, Views 159