Samsung files new patent complaints against Apple in Germany – Mobile World Live

Samsung files new patent complaints against Apple in Germany

19 DEC 2011

Samsung has submitted four new claims against Apple for alleged patent infringement in Germany, according to reports.

A Samsung spokesman told Reuters that the claims – filed with the Mannheim Regional Court – include two related to WCDMA 3G and two related to utility patents. The Wall Street Journal reports that the utility patent complaints cover the use of emoticons and technology related to speech output data displayed on devices the iPhone 4, 4S and iPad 2.

A Samsung spokesman told Reuters that the court will consider the new claims separately from Samsung’s first patent case against Apple in Germany, made in April. The Mannheim court held a hearing related to the April case last week during which, the spokesman said, it was decided that a ruling would be made on 2 March.

Samsung recently won several decisions against Apple with a court in Australia lifting a ban on the sale of the South Korean electronics maker’s Galaxy tablet computer at the beginning of the month. In the US, a federal judge denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction banning the sales of three Samsung smartphones and the tablet computer in the country.

However, a court in Paris turned down Samsung’s initial bid to block Apple iPhone 4S sales in France and is continuing to review the case. Samsung has also said it will release a modified version of the Galaxy tablet following a court decision to bar the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 due to its close resemblance to Apple’s iPad.

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung became the largest smartphone vendor in the world in the third quarter, overtaking Apple with nearly 28 million shipments, securing a 24 percent market share.


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