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 Apple and Samsung patent cases dismissed

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Date posted: 04/03/2012

Apple and Samsung have both had patent lawsuits - taken out against each other - thrown out by a German court. A spokesman for the Mannheim state court said judges had dismissed both cases involving ownership of the "slide-to-unlock" feature used on their respective smartphones.

Apple, Samsung and Motorola Mobility have been engaging in increasingly bitter patent fights around the world. These have often resulted in temporary bans on key products. For example, Apple won a patent dispute against Motorola Mobility regarding "slide-to-unlock" in Munich last month, and Apple won a court decision in Australia to ban the sale of Samsung's Galaxy tablet in that country - a decision that was later overturned.

Samsung said: "We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany."

The company vowed to appeal against the dismissal of its lawsuit against Apple, and said a separate case regarding four alleged patent infringements was still pending in Mannheim.

"We will continue to assert our intellectual property rights and defend against Apple's claims to ensure our continued ability to provide innovative mobile products to consumers," it said.

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