Tokyo District Court Dismisses Apple Patent Claims – Awards Win to Samsung

Following their loss to Apple in the historic tech case, Samsung is seeing success internationally against Apple’s additional suits. Most recently, a Tokyo court ruled that Samsung did not violate an Apple patent that involved “synchronizing music and video data in devices to servers”. It was obviously in reference to Samsung’s Kies software that Apple was going after.

Following the Judge’s ruling, Samsung made a statement that “… (they) welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property”. To make matters worse for Apple, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ordered Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit after his verdict. Originally Apple was seeking 100 million Yen (that’s about $1,273,400 USD) over the allegedly infringed-upon patent. Judge Shoji later explained that he came to his ruling as he identified that, for the patent in question, Samsung’s and Apple’s respective methods of execution were different enough to dismiss the claim.

The synchronization lawsuit was initiated by Apple in Japan; with Apple claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, and Galaxy Tab were guilty of infringing on its patent, noted above. The reason for the damages being much lower in comparison to what Apple was just awarded in its U.S. lawsuit victory, simply relates to the fact that only 5.7 percent of Apple’s sales came from Japan last quarter, which is far less than the sales numbers each company posts in the U.S. market.

While this victory is sure to be heralded by most, it’s important to remember that this case is just a part of a massive battle between both companies. A saga that includes the case Samsung recently split in Korea, as well as the $.049 Billion verdict that occurred in U.S. federal court a week ago.


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