On a day when people were queuing up outside stores and braving inclement weather to buy Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest iPhone, in another part of the world it was a different story.
The iPhone maker lost a lawsuit against rival Samsung Electronics in a German court which ruled that the Korean company was not guilty of copying Apple’s patents on features relating to touch-screen technology.
Samsung and Apple, which between them have close to 75 percent share of the smartphone market, are engaged in a bitter battle for dominance in the sector.
They are fighting court battles in over half a dozen countries across continents trading charges of violating patents and copying each other's designs.
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In Germany Apple had claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy devices had infringed on its touch-screen technology patents.
“We welcome today’s ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property,” Samsung said in a statement today. “We will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of German consumers.”
The Mannheim Regional Court judges also rejected a bid by Apple regarding the same patent against Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility Holdings unit.
For Samsung it is a crucial win against Apple. Last month a San Jose federal court had awarded the Cupertino company $1 billion in damages and held Samsung guilty of patent violations and copying Apple's designs of its iPhones and iPads.