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Apple sues Samsung in Germany, again

Apple and Samsung back in news with Apple suing Samsung again with two more lawsuits

Apple has once more comes up with some lawsuits to continue the battle. This time Apple has filed two lawsuits against Samsung in Germany. These lawsuits target about ten models of smartphones and five tablets of Samsung.

The clams made by Apple says that Samsung infringed upon its design patents with the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy S II, among other gadgets, as reported by Bloomberg. However according to Florian Mueller, patent blogger, Apple has not asked for a ban this time, as some of the products have been on the market for too long to satisfy the sense-of-urgency requirement anyway.

Muller also added that till now Samsung is asserting seven technical patents against Apple in Mannheim while Apple is suing Samsung over six technical patents. He also believes that it will be easier to settle the technical related claims rather than those related to design. The technical patents could hammer out the licensing agreement however complex, but for those related to design issues, it is quite impossible to structure a mutually acceptable settlement.

Both of the giants are not letting the other side to rest. Earlier Apple was also quite successful in putting a temporary ban over the Galaxy tab 10.1 in Germany, which let Samsung to make the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.

In the context of these lawsuits Samsung's spokesman said that they are aware of the lawsuits and are confident to demonstrate that their Galaxy devices are innovative and do not infringe on Apple’s patents. At last he also added that they will take all available measures to assert their patent rights in Germany. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-01-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)