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Apple Faces Roadblocks in U.S. and German Courts Against Competitors

Apple Faces Roadblocks in U.S. and German Courts Against Competitors

Apple is facing roadblock on two fronts in its legal battles against Samsung in the United States, and Motorola in Germany. Apple is facing delays in renewing a request in a U.S. court to ban the sale of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets, while on the German front, a court in Dusseldorf, Germany, has said Apple would likely lose its bid for an injunction against Motorola’s Xoom tablet in the country.


Apple Inc is facing delays in renewing its request that a U.S. judge ban Samsung Electronics’s Galaxy 10.1 tablets, a key battleground in the worldwide patent wars between the technology giants.

Apple sued Samsung last year, saying the South Korean electronics giant was “slavishly” copying the iPhone and iPad. Samsung denied the claims and filed a countersuit.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple’s bid to ban some Samsung smartphones, and the Galaxy 10.1 tablet. She was instructed by an appeals court last month to reconsider Apple’s request.

Apple promptly requested a ban once again, but in an order Monday, Koh denied Apple’s motion on procedural grounds, saying the appeals court must formally cede jurisdiction back to her before she could consider it.

Apple could then refile its request, without specifying when the appeals court would relinquish jurisdiction.

The chief executives of both Apple and Samsung sat down for a court ordered mediation in Northern California last month, which failed to produce any settlement.

On the German front, Apple’s also been dealt a blow, as a court said it’s not likely to grant them a victory against Motorola’s tablet as it had with last year’s sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet.

Bloomberg reports:

The German court that banned Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet sales last year is unlikely to grant Apple the same victory against Motorola Mobility’s device, Presiding Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said at a Dusseldorf hearing. The assessment is preliminary and may change after today’s arguments are reviewed. A ruling is scheduled for July 17… “We don’t think someone sits in a coffee house using the Xoom and hopes other people will think he owns an iPad,” Brueckner-Hofmann said.

Ah, the legal battles continue. I’m not sure if I really like covering these continuous court skirmishes because I think they’re interesting, or if i just really like the scales of justice graphic we always use for these stories. Well, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to use the graphic in the future, as these battles seem destined to go on forever.