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06-25-2013, 11:52 PM #1
Japanese Court Upholds Decision to Dismiss Apple Suit against Samsung
A Japanese high court recently upheld a decision to dismiss a patent suit leveled by Apple against Samsung. This decision rejected Apple’s appeal of the ruling which was lodged roughly eight months ago. The Intellectual Property High Court in Japan agreed with an August 2012 ruling handed down by the Tokyo District Court, which found no merit in Apple’s assertion that Samsung infringed on certain patents relating to media synchronization on mobile devices according to Bloomberg.
As noted by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit at issue was Apple’s Patent No. 4,204,977 for synchronizing music and video data in devices to external servers, a property the company was leveraging against multiple Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Tab. In the original ruling, which was appealed by Apple in October, Judge Tamotsu Shoji said “It’s hard to believe the products belong to the range of technologies of the claimant,” and ordered Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit.
For those of you who don’t know, Japan has been a key location in Apple and Samsung’s ongoing worldwide patent struggle, and was one of the first jurisdictions to take on one of the companies’ numerous cases in 2011. Since then, Samsung has seen very little success in the country, with the most recent issue being saddled with a finding of infringement on Apple’s rubber-banding patent.
Source: Bloomberg, FOSS Patents via AppleInsider