Samsung, Apple cases dismissed

Samsung, Apple cases dismissed

BERLIN - The Associated Press
Samsung, Apple cases dismissed

An iPhone 4 by Apple is seen above. Apple and Samsung are struggling over the copyrights on their smart phones. REUTERS photo

A German court has dismissed patent lawsuits by technology giants Apple and Samsung against each other in the two companies’ battle over the market for smart phones and tablet devices.

Mannheim state court spokesman Joachim Bock said judges dismissed both cases involving alleged patent infringements of the companies’ respective slide-to-lock technology on mobile devices.

Patent cases pending

Samsung Electronics welcomed last week’s dismissal of Apple’s case against the firm, but vowed to appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit against Apple.

It also said a separate case regarding four alleged patent infringements is still pending with the Mannheim court.

Apple Germany spokesman Georg Albrecht declined to comment.

Samsung and Apple are engaged in a strategic war over patents in many countries.