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German Court Suspends Apple Trial Against Samsung

by Todd Haselton | March 16, 2012March 16, 2012 9:00 pm PST

iOS slide to unlock

A court in Mannheim, Germany has decided to suspend Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung in which it alleges that the South Korea-based company has infringed on a utility model related to slide-to-unlock technology. The court is awaiting the outcome of a similar suit in Munich, Reuters said Friday. In February, a judge in the Mannheim court tossed out two lawsuits Apple filed against Samsung that were related to slide-to-unlock patents — separate from the utility model battle that’s currently ongoing in Munich.

Apple has also filed a lawsuit against Motorola for infringing on its slide-to-unlock patents. A Munich judge in February ruled that two of Motorola’s slide-to-unlock gestures infringed on Apple’s patents while a third, in use on the Motorola XOOM, did not infringe on Apple’s technology.

It’s unclear when the Munich court will make its decision.

[via Reuters]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...