Patent News | "German court rules against Samsung over patent dispute "

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BERLIN, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- A German court on Friday ruled against Samsung Electronics Co.'s claim that Apple Inc. has infringed on its technology patents for smartphones.

The verdict handed down by a court in Mannheim, Germany marked the second ruling in a series of patent suits the two tech firms have filed against each other in the European country.

Last April, the South Korean tech giant filed complaints with a German court against Apple, claiming that the U.S. company was infringing on three of its communications technology patents.

The Friday ruling came only one week after the German court ruled against Samsung. The verdict on the third and final suit will come out on March 2.

The latest ruling is widely expected to deal a blow to the Korean firm, which is seeking to strengthen its position as one of the largest smartphone makers in the world.

Samsung and Apple have been in heated patent disputes in around 30 cases in 10 countries since April last year, when the U.S. company accused Samsung Electronics of copying its iPhone and iPad. Samsung fought back with a series of countersuits.