Apple Asks Germany to Ban Samsung Smartphones

Last week Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung in Germany seeking to ban the company’s smartphones.  The lawsuit is just one of many smartphone legal battles aking place around the globe between various smartphone manufacturers.  CNET reports that just last month Apple filed a lawsuit in Australia alleging that Samsung was infringing on at least 10 of their patents, which was actually a counter to a lawsuit filed by Samsung in Germany claiming that Apple was violating 4 patents of its own.

As decisions come down we’ve seen a mixed bag of results.  While Apple has had some victories, it has also experienced some setbacks such as the ruling handed down last week by the U.S. International Trade Commission that sided with Motorola saying that the company had not violated any of Apple’s patents.

CNET’s Roger Cheng says that these patent lawsuits between Samsung and Apple are in a “high stakes game of legal chicken in an attempt to gain the upper hand in a potential discussion over a licensing agreement.”  Cheng says that each is trying to strike the first blow in a major market which will force the two to come together and settle the score.