Samsung Loses Second German Patent Suit Against Rival Apple

Samsung Electronics Co. lost a patent ruling in Germany in a mobile technology case brought against Apple Inc., a week after judges rejected a similar bid by the Suwon, South Korea-based company against the iPad maker.

The Regional Court in Mannheim rejected the suit today, said Joachim Bock, a spokesman for the tribunal, in an interview. Samsung said the ruling only relates to one of several patents asserted and doesn’t indicate whether the court may find Apple infringed other Samsung rights in Germany.

“We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent,” Samsung said in an e-mailed statement. “We will wait for the written grounds of today’s judgment, and after thorough review make a decision about a possible appeal.”

Germany has become a key venue for the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung over mobile technologies and designs since the iPhone maker last year accused its South Korean rival of copying products. Both litigants are awaiting a Dusseldorf appeals court decision next week over the design of Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet 10.1. Today’s case addressed 3 telecommunications standards.

Apple has no specific comment on today’s ruling, said Alan Hely, a spokesman for the company, referring to an April statement that it has to defend against Samsung’s “blatant copying.”

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