“Today I attended a trial in the Mannheim Regional Court relating to two Samsung lawsuits over 3G-related patents. Formally the court had scheduled a double header, but in recognition of non-negligible overlap between the two cases, today’s three-hour session addressed all claims and defenses brought in both of them,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “(For the sake of accuracy, Samsung is asserting a third patent in a litigation that will go to trial on December 16.)”
“This is the same court that entered, one week ago, a default judgment against Apple Inc. in a litigation brought by Motorola,” Mueller reports. “The presiding judge indicated preliminary positions and inclinations that suggest the two German litigations tried today pose considerable risk to Apple but won’t necessarily result in rulings that Samsung can effectively enforce against Apple’s core products.”
Mueller reports, “It’s not impossible that Apple might fend off both patent infringement suits, but Samsung is more likely to win on at least one of those counts.”
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