Samsung wins vs Apple over patent case in Tokyo, Japan

By on Sep 1, 2012 in Asia, Technology Comments

Updated: December 18, 2012 11:15 p.m.

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Samsung Electronics won over Apple in a patent case in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, August 31, 2012, which was related to transferring media content between devices, and came a week after the South Korean electronic giant lost to Apple in a patent case in US, costing them around $1 billion.

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As noted at BBC News that day, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed the case filed by Apple in August last year, noting that Samsung did not violate Apple patents related to synchronizing music and video data between devices and servers.

“We welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property,” Samsung was quoting in a statement sent to BBC News, after the verdict was announced last Friday, two days after Samsung unveiled its brand-new ATIV devices and Galaxy Camera.

This Samsung vs Apple patent case is only one of the many lawsuits being battled around the world by the two smartphone market leaders, including a separate Japan court filed by Apple, where Samsung allegedly copied the bounce-back effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list on the iPhone and iPad.

Meanwhile, New York Times noted that Apple sought 100 million yen (around $1.3 million) in damages for this case in, the first case filed in Japan, with Apple declining to comment as to whether they will file an appeal or not. The Samsung-Apple legal battle being expected to go deeper as years go by.

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