Apple Patent Battle Rages On

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be one of the most powerful companies in the world, but that doesn’t mean the company that Jobs built always gets its way. Today a German court suspended a trial in which Apple alleged that Samsung had copied its slide-to-lock technology.

The regional court in Manheim, Germany, said on Friday it would wait for a decision in a separate suit against Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) over the same technology. The pending decision by the Manheim court relates to the slide-to-unlock utility model, which is similar to a patent but has a shorter term. Two weeks ago, the same court dismissed a suit on the technology’s patent.

The feature in question allows users to switch on a device by swiping over the touch screen. Apple uses the feature on its iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Apple first sued Samsung almost a year again, claiming that the company’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad models.

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