Samsung 3G patent claim against Apple rejected by German courtAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Another chapter in the legal saga between Apple and Samsung has been written. A German judge today decided to throw out one Samsung's complaint agains Apple involving 3G/UMTS wireless telecommunications, which is one of seven patents involved in five different lawsuits brought against Apple by Samsung. The reasoning behind the judge's decision isn't yet clear, but FOSS Patents suggests that it could either be that Apple doesn't infringe on the patent or that Samsung's rights to the patent have exhausted. "We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany," Samsung said in a statement about today's news. The company hasn't decided if it plans to appeal the ruling.
This news comes hot on the heels of news that Apple has filed a new pair of lawsuits against Samsung in Germany, one involving smartphones and the other, tablets. The two companies have been trading (several) legal blows since Apple originally sued Samsung over some Galaxy phones and tablets back in April. In all, a Samsung spokesperson has said that the firm has spend around $60 million in legal expenses related to cases with Apple ever since that original April suit.