Judge Lucy Koh has denied Apple's renewed request for a permanent ban of 23 Samsung smartphones and tablets.
The German court found that there was no infringement on Apple's part, possibly putting on ice any issues the company faces with IPCom.
Apple disputes a Samsung assertion that any potential deal between the two smartphone rivals lacked such a provision.
Judge Lucy Koh invalidates one Samsung patent and finds that Samsung infringes on one of Apple's patents, as the two sides prepare for another courtroom battle.
The Korean mobile-phone maker has hit Ericsson with eight of its own patent suits, according to Foss Patents.
A recent court filing by the Justice Department redacts Google's name in all instances but one, finally making official what had been an open secret.
The company says it has evaluated Samsung's handset and found it to be in violation of Apple patents.
A court finds HTC to be violating a patent held by Nokia, but whether the ruling will change the German marketplace in any way remains to be seen.
The Google-owned device maker sells only three smartphones and no tablets on its German Web site in the wake of ongoing patent problems.
The company has reportedly signed a confidential deal with Xoom Corp. that will lead to Motorola ceasing to use the "Xoom" brand for tablets.