Samsung Comes Out Ahead in Patent Case in Japan
A Japan court recently ruled against Apple’s claim that Samsung infringed on one of its utility patents, giving the Korean company a small victory after its huge loss of a similar case in the United States. According to Reuters
, the Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung’s products don’t infringe upon an Apple patent for transferring media content between two devices.
Another report from Bloomberg
noted that Judge Tamotsu Shoji handed down the verdict, ruling Samsung’s Galaxy devices (including the Galaxy Tab) are not in violation of Apple’s Patent No. 4,204,977 for synchronizing music and video data in devices to servers. Judge Shoji said the following; “It’s hard to believe the products belong to the range of technologies of the claimant,” as he ordered Apple to pay the legal fees associated with the suit.
Apple first sued Samsung in Japan last year, asserting claims against the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy S II, seeking 100 million yen in damages. The current ruling comes on the heels of the landmark Apple vs. Samsung U.S. trial which found Samsung guilty of violating six Apple design and utility patents. The ruling resulted with Apple being awarded over $1 billion
and the Cupertino California company seeks a permanent sales ban against eight infringing devices.