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Samsung triumphs over Apple in Japan

2012-08-31 07:44

Tokyo - A Japanese court Friday rejected Apple's claim that South Korean rival Samsung stole the US firm's technology for its own products, the latest ruling in a global patent battle between the tech giants.

The Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's patents on its iPhone and iPad computer for some of its own Galaxy smartphones and tablet computer.

The three-judge panel also awarded legal costs to Samsung. 

"The defendant's products do not seem like they used the same technology as the plaintiff's products so we turn down the complaints made by (Apple)," Judge Tamotsu Shoji told the court.

The decision comes a week after the iPhone maker won more than $1.0bn in a massive US court victory over Samsung with jurors finding that the South Korean firm had "willfully" infringed on Apple's patents.

Apple was seeking ¥100m in compensation from Samsung's Japanese units, and had accused it of stealing technology used to transfer music and video files.

Samsung has steadfastly denied its rival's claims in a string of similar cases filed across the globe.

The high-profile verdict in the United States last week affects patents on a range of Samsung products including some of its popular smartphones and its Galaxy 10 tablet.

Jurors rejected the South Korean electronics firm's patent theft counterclaims against Apple.

Samsung has pledged to keep fighting the case, and said that if it stands "it will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices".


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Comments
  • lynnethbs - 2012-08-31 09:40

    who cares??

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-08-31 09:44

      If you don't care don't read it?

      jpstrauss - 2012-08-31 09:48

      I do. I create applications for Android and Windows Phone 7. This directly affects me.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-08-31 09:53

      jpstrauss - Yes exactly anyone in the programming industry should care one way or another. But clearly lynnethbs assumes the new should only be about her or something.

      christine.familia.1 - 2012-08-31 10:07

      Clearly you don't know what an apple is nor what a samsung is. Still using the Nokia 5110 too. shucks!

      lulama - 2012-08-31 12:37

      Developers and anyone with brain cells.

  • malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-08-31 09:58

    Thank you Japan for a sane judgement.

      boris.dietrol - 2012-08-31 14:05

      Oh yes!

  • jomar.delange - 2012-08-31 10:06

    Do they seriously think that those of us who have tried Apple alternatives and found them to be superiour would ever revert back to Apple after they tried to have our favourite devices banned?

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-08-31 10:46

    Have they filled any claims in South Africa? it would be very interesting to see whos side our justice system would be on, given it doesnt take 10 years to reach a conclusion of coause.

  • simphiwe.morajane - 2012-08-31 10:49

    This is indeed becoming more and more interesting. In fact, I was not surprised when the US based Court of Law ruled in favour of Apple. There is noway that court would have ruled in favour of Samsung coz it's all about protecting territories. In this case the US Court had to protect the US product, i.e. Apple. This could be another case that needs to be elevated to an international court. I must however indicate that I am not sure though that the UN International Court has a legal mandate to deal with commercial cases. What makes matters worst is that EU cannot also intervene coz South Korea is not a member, instead South Korea is a member to EU Competitors.

  • lulama - 2012-08-31 12:36

    Good one Japan. Apple is trying to bully everyone.

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