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.
An employee shows an Apple's iPhone 4s (L) and a Samsung's Galaxy S3 (R) at a mobile phone shop in Seoul. Shares in Samsung Electronics opened 6.75% lower after a US court fined the South Korean firm $ 1.05 billion for breaching Apple's patents. (AFP photo/Jung Yeon-Je)
The Mannheim state court's ruling 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 U.S. 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.