German court invalidates Samsung 3G patent in latest Apple victory

Samsung’s plan to win injunctions against the sale of certain Apple products in Europe backfired when a German judge not only ruled in the iPhone-makers favor, but also rendered the 3G patents in question invalid. Samsung was accusing Apple of infringing upon a wireless patent for a “turbo encoding/decoding device and method for processing farm data according to QoS.”

This is not the first time this patent has held up for Samsung. A judge in the UK also ruled it invalid. I think it’s safe to say Samsung might stop pursuing this course of action when it comes to this particular bit of intellectual property.

The Korean company has yet to decide wether it will appeal the decision. They plan to full review the case before moving forward.

[via AllThingsD]

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  • http://twitter.com/PhaseBurn PhaseBurn

    I think the world would be so much better off with out software and DNA/gene patents. The legal games need to stop. Imagine how much better off Apple, Samsung, Google, et al, would be if they could spend their patent litigation funds on R&D instead. Billions of dollars are wasted every year in these stupid wars, with the only “winners” being the lawyers.

  • harold

    That is a losing battle there are to many 3g phone out there to go after crapple.

  • Chris Eager

    Patent wars are petty and hearing about them is getting old. Nobody cares.
    …just sayin’.

    • DannyB2

      I share your sentiment. But the fact is that the patent wars affect everyone. It needlessly limits features. It increases cost of development. Make no mistake that we are all paying for those lawyers — who encourage this mess to continue.