Summary Box: Court dismisses Apple, Samsung suits

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DISMISSED: 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.

REGARDING: Both cases involved alleged patent infringements of the companies’ respective slide-to-lock technology on mobile devices.

BACKGROUND: South Korea’s Samsung and Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, Calif., are engaged in a strategic war over patents in many countries.