Just a couple of weeks after the BBC reports.for its slide-to-unlock feature, a German court has thrown out a similar case against Samsung,
Apple and Samsung had both taken out cases against each other, and both have been dismissed, a spokesman for the Mannheim state court told the BBC. Both cases concerned who owns the slide-to-unlock feature.
But Apple's ban on Motorola phones using the feature should still stand, as that was decided in a Munich court. The court ruled in Apple's favour in two out of three of the disputes -- only thewas exempt, as its slide-to-unlock feature is subtly different.
An Apple spokesperson in London refused to comment on the issue when pressed by the BBC, but referred to a previous statement in which Apple accused Samsung of "blatant copying". A Samsung spokesperson said: "We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany."
Samsung will appeal the dismissal, and another, separate case is still pending.
Tech companies take patent cases to Germany because the courts there rule much quicker than in other countries, so it's handy to slap a quick ban on competitor's products. Hopefully this ruling will make them cut down on these kinds of cases.
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