Apple Appeals Pro-Samsung Ruling in Japan
While Apple continues its patent battle with Samsung, the Cupertino California company filed for an appeal of a Tokyo District Court ruling that said the Korean electronics giant didn't infringe on certain utility patents. Apple is currently appealing an August 31 decision which pointed towards Samsung not violating a patent for synchronizing music and video with data servers. According to Bloomberg
, this brought about a subsequent order for the Cupertino California company to pay legal fees associated with the suit.
The original ruling which was handed down by Judge Tamotsu Shoji found Samsung’s Galaxy devices not in violation of Apple’s IP Patent No. 4,204,977. At the time, Judge Shoji said that it was “hard to believe the products belong to the range of technologies of the claimant,” ordering Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit. Apple originally filed its Japanese complaint against Samsung in 2011 where it sought out 100 million yen (roughly $1.3 million) in damages on claims that the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab were in violation of the media syncing patent. Samsung’s lineup is still sold by Japan’s largest wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens next in the ongoing patent dispute between the two tech giants.