Samsung loses one of many patent cases with Apple

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Samsung loses one of many patent cases with Apple

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Samsung has suffered a setback in its tablet and smartphone battle with Apple.

A German court has ruled against the South Korean company in a patent case, which is another leg in the lengthy legal struggle between the two technology giants.

Samsung said the ruling covers one patent out of the three mobile technologies it claims Apple infringed.

Rulings on the other two will be made by the Mannheim court in the next couple of weeks. Samsung said it has yet to decide whether to appeal against this ruling.

Samsung, which passed Apple in the third quarter of 2011 as the world’s top maker of smartphones, is locked in a patent fight with the US firm in 10 countries including the United States, Australia, France and Japan.

Apple first sued Samsung in April, claiming that the maker of the Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad models.