Apple scores small patent victory against Samsung in Germany

Samsung will wait for the written grounds of the verdict and then make up its mind about a possible appeal

The district court in Mannheim, Germany has decided that Apple did not infringe on a patent asserted by Samsung Electronics against the iPhone and iPad, as the legal battle between the two companies continues unabated.

Samsung isn't happy with the verdict. "We are disappointed that the court did not share our views regarding the

infringement by Apple of this specific patent in Germany," a spokesman said via email.

The patent ruled on is EP 1,005,726, and covers a "turbo encoding/decoding device and method for processing frame data according to quality-of-service."

But Samsung isn't giving up; the Mannheim court still has several more patents to rule on, and will do so in the next few weeks, according to Samsung.

Two of the remaining patents are related to telecommunications standards, and two to the utility of mobile devices, Samsung has previously stated.

Samsung will now wait for the written grounds of today's judgment, review it and then make a decision about a possible appeal to the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe, it said.

Apple had no comment on the verdict, a spokesman said via email.

The worldwide legal battle between Apple and Samsung, which are becoming increasingly dominant in the smartphone market, shows no sign of slowing down.

Earlier this week, Apple filed another lawsuit against Samsung. It is aimed at 10 models in the company's Galaxy family of smartphones, and was filed in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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