Apple lose in the Patent Wars against Samsung; in Japan

After an eventful week and over $1 billion in damages later, both Apple and Samsung met in court again, this time in Japan. It was business as usual for both the tech giants legal teams as it was back to the Patent War that brought about one of the largest-ever fines awarded for copyright infringement.

Now Apple has lost the latest round on Friday in Japan. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji has ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patents relating to synchronising music and video data in devices to servers.

It’s also been one week since a Seoul court issued a split decision finding that Apple and Samsung violated each other’s patents. Both companies were prohibited from selling the infringing devices in South Korea. After the UK courts threw out Apple’s argument earlier this year, this is yet another blow for Apple, who was probably hoping for another tick in the win box, following the verdict in the US.

Apple is still waiting to hear if eight Samsung mobile phones, the majority of which are from the Galaxy SII range, will be blocked from being sold in the US.

Neither Apple nor Samsung have commented on this latest verdict. But you wouldn’t expect anything less than Apple to appeal the decision.

We will keep you updated if this story develops further.

Source and Image: cnet

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Where are all those Apple fanboys now? They sure came out of the woodwork when Apple won in America. Amazing how they're nowhere to be found now....

Hmm Apple (American) wins in America.

Samsung (South Korea) wins in Japan.

It's like eurovision, they all help each other haha

Dan~ said,
Hmm Apple (American) wins in America.

Samsung (South Korea) wins in Japan.

It's like eurovision, they all help each other haha


so how did they didn't win in South Korea?

Rudy said,
They did win in South Korea too
LMAO! What?! No they didn't.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Dan~ said,
Hmm Apple (American) wins in America.

Samsung (South Korea) wins in Japan.

It's like eurovision, they all help each other haha

You do realize that Japan is engaged in territorial disputes with at least three of its neighbors (Russia, China, and Korea)?

And that relations between South Korea and Japan are so tense right now, that the South Korean president recently refused even to accept a letter from Japan's prime minister?

Perhaps Japan is simply taking the long view of things -- if Samsung got hit so hard by Apple, then so might Sony or Toshiba or Fujitsu. Or perhaps the Japanese judge simply saw that Apple's claims have no merit.

But there's clearly no love lost between the South Koreans and the Japanese. They're probably not doing it to help each other out. The Japanese would like nothing better than for the South Korean upstarts to go away, so they can once again dominate the electronics industry.

Honestly, I think none of that is relevant at all. I find this whole speculation that the courts everywhere are making decisions based on extraordinary reasons to be completely senseless. Between people saying Apple paid Lucy Koh off, to Japan wanting to protect their businesses?

And what was the UK's reason for throwing it out?

As far as I know, Koh nor the US jury owned iPhones and their decision went one way. Wasn't it the judge in the UK who said that Samsung didn't infringe, as their product was not "as cool" as Apple's?

The overall picture seems to show that there wasn't any sort of bias in play really. Is that really too hard to believe though? Or do you guys have a conspiracy theory for every single action taking place?

Just asking because it seriously has me questioning the sanity of some people, given the crazed levels of paranoia that seem to be present...

dead.cell said,
Honestly, I think none of that is relevant at all. I find this whole speculation that the courts everywhere are making decisions based on extraordinary reasons to be completely senseless. Between people saying Apple paid Lucy Koh off, to Japan wanting to protect their businesses?

And what was the UK's reason for throwing it out?

As far as I know, Koh nor the US jury owned iPhones and their decision went one way. Wasn't it the judge in the UK who said that Samsung didn't infringe, as their product was not "as cool" as Apple's?

The overall picture seems to show that there wasn't any sort of bias in play really. Is that really too hard to believe though? Or do you guys have a conspiracy theory for every single action taking place?

Just asking because it seriously has me questioning the sanity of some people, given the crazed levels of paranoia that seem to be present...

There was absolutely bias in the US trial. Clearly you need to brush up on what took place. The jurors are coming forth and practically shoving not only their foot, but their entire leg in their mouths.

IronChef75 said,
Good to see that Apple doesn't have a Lucy Koh planted in every country.

Use a few Samsung phones. It's clear that they did copy. I work on the android team at work and everyone on it uses android phones, and most have Samsung. And they all agreed there was a point where Samsung started ripping ideas. Get over it, Samsung are filthy copycats

Spirit Dave said,

Use a few Samsung phones. It's clear that they did copy. I work on the android team at work and everyone on it uses android phones, and most have Samsung. And they all agreed there was a point where Samsung started ripping ideas. Get over it, Samsung are filthy copycats

Its only copying when other people do it. Apple can of course what ever they want because they invented it.

Spirit Dave said,

Use a few Samsung phones. It's clear that they did copy. I work on the android team at work and everyone on it uses android phones, and most have Samsung. And they all agreed there was a point where Samsung started ripping ideas. Get over it, Samsung are filthy copycats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW0DUg63lqU

dangel said,

Dont have to, don't live in USA

Ok ... me either. But they copied. Btw, I don't know if you realise this, but even Google went to Samsung to ask them to reign in their copying. That's pretty widely known. And if Google asked them to, they probably should have. Think ... they could spend that billion on making better phones.