German Court Dismisses Apple, Samsung Lawsuits

Court dismissed patent lawsuits by technology giants Apple and Samsung against each other in their battle over the market for smartphones and tablet devices.

BERLIN (AP) -- 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 smartphones and tablet devices.

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

Samsung Electronics welcomed the dismissal of Apple's case against the firm, but vowed to appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit against Apple. It also said that a separate case regarding four alleged patent infringements is still pending with the Mannheim court.

Apple Germany was not immediately reachable for comment.

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

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