Apple gets German court to invalidate a Samsung 3G patent

Apple gets German court to invalidate a Samsung 3G patent
Late Wednesday, a Federal Patent Court in Germany stripped Samsung of what the Korean manufacturer had called an essential patent for the UMTS 3G standard. The patent covered "turbo encoding/decoding device and method for processing frame data according to QoS," and the court also removed the patent protection on all of the proposed amendments to the original patent made by Samsung. Samsung can still appeal the ruling to the Federal Court of Justice.

You might recall that more than a year ago, the EC had turned the tables on Samsung saying that the company was asking for "excessive" fees for its SEP patents, while at the same time seeking injunctions against Apple devices. Samsung has since withdrawn its request for injunctions against Apple in this matter, and is merely seeking damages. It also continues to seek both injunctions and damages against Apple in cases involving non SEP patents.

We're pretty sure that there will be those who will accuse the Federal Patent Court court of playing favorites, so we should point out that the same court last week invalidated Apple's "slide-to-unlock" patent. Apple has started to appeal the ruling, but earlier rulings in Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands went against Apple making it hard for the Cupertino based company to score a reversal.

source: electronista

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19 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh, not again Apple! x(

2. wiiandds

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

apple should just relize they are not the best anymore and focus on making there company better.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah, I agree with you! :)

13. Apple6

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

This is strictly litigation business and shall continue!!

15. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Obviously You do not know anything about how the corporation. This is just normal business for big corporations like Apple, Google, and Samsung. Going to court all the time over patents does Not deter these companies from innovating or creating better products.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple is nothing BUT A BIG TURD in the court room. seriously can we please go a whole week without a dumb patent or law suit in the courts

19. stealthd unregistered

You comment in all of them, so obviously you love these articles.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Revenge of the sith lord!!

8. Aeires unregistered

3G? This still relevant, and to what extent?

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's very relevant. 3G is still the standard in most parts of the world. We Americans are just spoiled.

9. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

apple focus inside court and samsung focus inside r&d department.

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Justice is serve...

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not yet... Appeals would go on and on from either side for sometime :)

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Samsung will not appeal this one. they lost fair and square

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In this world there is no such thing as fair and square. Just who has the biggest stick gets the fairer deal.

11. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

We need all patent lawsuits to be killed and we need to form an international patent force then force all companies to reapply for them.

12. Apple6

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

More lawsuits are on its way!!!

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

All patents should be invalidated in public interests. Novartis lost a patent case in India as a result of which a $2500 cancer drug becomes a $200 drug. Indian courts said come up with some thing really an innovation and not some spiced up version of what mankind already knew.

22. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

How I wish I could destroy apple physically. Bulldose every single store of f**kapple products. Smash up every single thing with that icon that I hate. Of course without victims and fully legal. Sad, I can't do that.

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