German Court Rules For Apple Over Samsung in Countersuit

Another page turned in the continuing saga of legal skirmishes between two major electronics companies when a German court ruled against Samsung Electronics on its patent infringement claim against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). The ruling came in a counter-suit filed by Samsung, who had previously been sued by Apple for infringing the company’s design rights.  In that initial suit, Apple had accused Samsung of copying elements of Apple’s best-selling iPhone and iPad products. Samsung has not yet decided whether to appeal.

“We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany,” said Nam Ki-yung, a spokesman for Samsung. “It should be noted that today’s ruling relates to only one of several patents asserted by Samsung in the Mannheim court.”

Both corporations are vying for market share, and even dominance, in the vastly growing international market for smartphones and tablet computers. The two rivals have pending litigation against one another in 10 countries in the ongoing legal saga that began last April.