A German court’s decision has proved to be a setback to Apple’s ambitions, after the former dismissed claims that Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility infringed upon patents used in touchscreen devices. The decision by the Mannheim state court can be appealed in less than 30 days. 

The ruling is the latest in a long-standing patent battle. Apple’s widely reported feud with South Korean giant, Samsung Electronics took a major turn recently, when Apple scored a win leaving the Galaxy S III maker with a hefty fine sum. The court, in its decision, affirmed that Samsung infringed on Apple's technologies, which it used to create its iPhone and iPad. Samsung at the time was expected to appeal on the decision. In what would also come as a blow to Samsung's ambitions in the US, Apple has also demanded in its appeal that Samsung withdraw its most popular smartphones and tablets from the US market.

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Samsung too plans to sue Apple for alleged patent infringements. A report in The Korean Times affirmed that Samsung would sue Apple over the release of the iPhone 5, for it finds the latter to be infringing on its fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents. Quoting an industry source, the report added, “It's true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States – Apple's home-turf – are our primary targets”.

Google owned-Motorola Mobility has been one of the other companies to have been locked up in a bitter patent feud with Apple. Motorola Mobility, recently filed a patent infringement case against Apple Inc at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). As per reports at the time, Motorola Mobility alleged that Apple infringed on seven of its patents that pertain to location reminders, e-mail notifications, phone/ video players, etc. The company was looking to obtain an import ban in the US on the popular Apple devices iPad, iPhone and Mac computers. Also, the dispute between Apple and Motorola Mobility over unresolved patents had escalated to the level that Motorola Mobility claimed Apple approached European Union (EU) anti-trust officials to step in to settle it for them. 

Recently, an ITC judge ruled that Apple Inc infringed on a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc patent, by way of its iPhones, iPads and other products. ITC judge Thomas Pender said in a preliminary ruling that Apple infringed on a patent for eliminating noise and other interference during voice and data transmissions.

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