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Apple loses German patent case vs Samsung, Motorola

AP  Berlin, September 21, 2012
First Published: 19:04 IST(21/9/2012) | Last Updated: 19:07 IST(21/9/2012)

A German court has dismissed Apple Inc's claim that Samsung Electronics and Google Inc's Motorola Mobility infringed patents used in touch-screen devices.

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The Mannheim state court's ruling on Friday follows similar decisions in Britain and the Netherlands. The ruling can be appealed within 30 days.

Apple and its rivals are locked in a complex worldwide battle over patents and design rights covering the lucrative market for smartphones and tablet computers.

Last month a US court ruled that Samsung phones and tablets infringe on Apple patents, and awarded the Cupertino, California, company $1.05 billion.

Meanwhile, Samsung is seeking royalties from Apple for sales of iPhones it says infringe on its patents.

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