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Tokyo court: Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent

By Yuri Kageyama
AP Business Writer

LAST UPDATED: 09:27 a.m. HST, Aug 31, 2012

TOKYO » A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent — the latest ruling in the global legal battle over smartphones that pits the two technology titans against each other.

Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea, the world's largest maker of phones, welcomed the Tokyo District Court ruling that its technology to synchronize mobile players with computers did not infringe on Apple patents as confirming "our long-held position."

"We will continue to offer highly innovative products to consumers, and continue our contributions toward the mobile industry's development," the company said in a statement.

The Apple lawyer present at the courthouse declined comment, and it was not immediately clear whether Apple would appeal.

In a session lasting a few minutes, Judge Tamotsu Shoji said he did not think Samsung products fell into the realm of Apple technology and dismissed the lawsuit, filed by Apple in August last year.

Apple, the Cupertino, California-based maker of the hit iPhone and iPad, is embroiled in similar legal squabbles around the world over whether Samsung smartphones, which relies on Google Inc.'s Android technology, illegally used Apple designs, ideas or technology.

In one such case, a jury in California ruled last week that Samsung products illegally used such Apple creations as the "bounce-back" feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a tap of a finger.

The jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages, and a judge is now evaluating Apple's request to have eight Samsung products pulled from shelves and banned from the U.S. market, including popular Galaxy model smartphones. Samsung's latest hit, Galaxy S3, was not part of the U.S. ruling.

Friday's ruling was the first held in Japan in the Samsung-Apple global court battle, but other technology is being contested by the two companies in separate legal cases in Japan

Apple products are extremely popular among Japanese consumers, but major Japanese carriers such as NTT DoCoMo sell Samsung smartphones as well. Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. also makes smartphones similar to Samsung's, using Android technology.

Samsung has sold more than 50 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 smartphones around the world. The legal battle also involves Samsung's Tab device, which Apple claims infringes on patents related to the iPad tablet.

AP Technology Writer Youkyung Lee in Seoul contributed to this report.

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sak wrote:
I can understand the Suit about a Rectangular Shape with Rounded Corners Patent, being thrown out. What are the other companies to do? Make there Phones and Notebooks Round, and patent it? Then the next will have to make a Square Phones and Pads, and patent it too. Etc.... Now if Apple does have the Patent for the Pinch and Squeeze instead of the Magnify Glass Icon with the & - Symbols by it's sides to Zoom in or out, and the Two Finger Drag, instead of the Up or Down Arrows. Then if any other company has those such features on their products without royalties or permission? Then that's infringement. That is why I bought an Apple Computer, for those two features helped to make it a great package..
on August 30,2012 | 10:41PM
hikine wrote:
The US trial shouldn't have taken place in Apple's home turf. Most of those jurors are in one way or another connected to Apple with friends or relatives working for Apple. Europe and Asia agree that Samsung didn't infringe on Apple's patent since basically those Apple 'technologies' where bought from Europe and Asia and made their own. Samsung sales are strong and their products are very innovative while Apple is starting to get stagnant.
on August 30,2012 | 11:48PM
localguy wrote:
Waaahhhhhh!! Cries Apple. The judge was not fair to us. Waahhh!! Samsung is selling phones to other people. Waahh!. Apple is nothing more than a spoiled little brat. Upset other companies are selling competing products. Grow up Apple, you can't patent everything and get away with it. Get a life. Competition makes better products for everyone. Sorry to say I will never own an iPad or iPhone because you are such a control freak. Can't change the battery, can't use a micro SD chip, no USB. What a clueless babooze you are. Why should I pay hundreds more for increased memory when on other company devices I just insert a micro SD chip for less than a quarter of what you charge. What a rip off your products are.
on August 31,2012 | 01:09AM
gofigga wrote:
Apple hasn't learned the lesson of Sony. Remember the "Betamax"? Sony wanted exclusive "rights" for their product, so they trademarked everything including size of cassette. The result, VHS was invented and in 16 months, blew Sony out of the water. People (and companies) don't ever learn from history, the most simple and accurate teacher! Make the better product and you will make money. Sit on your laurels and watch everything slip away.
on August 31,2012 | 03:48AM
cojef wrote:
Foreign countries have their internal interests to protect. Having said that, Apple is just the big "bully" on the block with a big pocketbook to file frivolous suit internationally. Shapes cannot be patentted, it is basic and universal of all matter. Inventions, I say is entirely a different picture as it is an original creation of the inventor' efforts. As has been quoted,by the news media, even Steve Jobs admitted that he has aped someone else's ideas. It's a dog eat dog world in the marketplace, only the strong with tremendous cars resources survive
on August 31,2012 | 05:58AM
false wrote:
Apple innovates technologically. Others copy and tweak and take advantage of Apple R&D and intellectual property rights. As soon as the Koreans get their hands on a new Apple product, they're ripping it apart and figuring out ways to build on it. Of course, Apple gets tired of this and tries to stop it. How would you like to see all of your ideas used by someone else six months after you've brought them to market?
on August 31,2012 | 08:27AM
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