While Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has historically had better luck on U.S. turf in its ongoing legal debacles with Samsung (SSNLF.PK), its courtroom record abroad is a bit more hit-or-miss. However, good news for the Cupertino-based company comes from Germany this week, where the German patent court (or Bundespatentgericht, to be specific) has awarded Apple with an invalidation of Samsung’s patent claims on 3G technology.
Despite Samsung’s efforts to file an injunction against Apple, the European commission found that Apple was indeed a willing licensee. Relief against such a licensee amounted to abusive conduct, AppleInsider said. Samsung has withdrawn its injunction requests, but it continues to pursue Apple for damages.
Samsung still has the ability to file an appeal to the German Federal Court of Justice (that’s Bundesgerichtshof, if you were wondering). Samsung must abide by a certain set of rules when licensing patents, and must do so in a Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory manner, commonly referred to as FRAND in the legal circles.
This is only one of numerous cases taking place all over the world, with both companies filing suits against each other over a plethora of various patents. Slowly but surely the two are working through them, but it is highly unlikely that the firms will ever be fully decoupled from the judge’s podium.