Samsung Loses 3G Technology Patent Claim Against Apple in Germany


Apple and Samsung have been dueling in the courtroom for so long that we forgot about this one. Remember that patent Samsung owned which they believed would pretty much threaten the existence of any Apple product with 3G radios? Well, a judge in Germany just told Samsung to put that one back into their back pocket. Judge Andreas Voss reportedly made that decision but a reason was not given. Samsung says that they are still confident that they can take on Apple, however, as they still have other patents thrown into the ring. At this point it’s unclear who will win this thing in the long run as the decisions as of late make this thing teeter more than a see-saw. That does make for interesting legal war though (far more interesting than the Oracle-Google snore fest) so we’ll elect to re-up on popcorn and continue to watch these battles play out. [FOSS, Reuters via The Verge]

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Apple patents a rectangle and wins. Samsung has a patent on 3G and loses. WTF

    1. Think evil.

      Apple’s mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement

      I have never seen a EULA as mind-bogglingly greedy and evil as Apple’s EULA for its new ebook authoring program.

      Apple, in this EULA, is claiming a right not just to its software, but to its software’s output.
      It’s akin to Microsoft trying to restrict what people can do with Word
      documents, or Adobe declaring that if you use Photoshop to export a
      JPEG, you can’t freely sell it to Getty. As far as I know, in the
      consumer software industry, this practice is unprecedented.

      Imagine if Microsoft said you had to pay them 30% of your speaking fees if you used a PowerPoint deck in a speech.

      1. A fool and his money are soon separated.  One day enough people are going to wake up and question all their practices.  Until then there’s plenty of sheep to keep them going with their business practices.  They won’t get my support though.

        1. Back in the 90s I loved Apple products and their small business culture, now I would rather not own a computer than having a Crapple Mac.

        2. A fool and his money are soon buying Apple products.

          The question is:  does this license that makes your book become Apple’s property make Apple the most evil company or does it make Apple iBook publishers the world biggest fools?

          As I said, a fool and his money . . .

    2. Wow that’s ridiculous, I know why I will never ever buy an Apple product again. I hope Samsung will raise prizes for their parts they sell to Crapple for the iPhone. The excuse would be because of the high court costs Apple is creating.

  2. obviously the judge was paid off by apple

  3. So Apple was able to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, but Samsung has a patent for 3G, and nothing happens. Something definitely smells fishy here.

  4. LOL he issued the ruling from his shiny new iPad.

  5. Are German judges on Apple’s payroll?  They ban sales of a device based on a rectangular shape, but when Apple violate actual patents this is just dismissed.

    1. Of course they are, the only explanation is corruption.

  6. Apple is like the government, they have open access to any patent they feel like infringing on, and you can’t do anything about it. Without jobs, the company will fold. They will ride the iPhone/iPad train long past its time.

  7. Can Samsung appeal this?

  8. As with all patents ridiculousness, i dont think samsung should win, so its a good ruling. But because samsung was hit with a case much stupider than this 3g case (lol rectangle), I think german court should throw a bone to samsung for fairsies. kinda like how when umpire knows he made a bad call before, he makes it up later. :p

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