Tokyo court rejects Apple patent claim

2012-08-31 07:29

Tokyo - A Japanese court on Friday rejected Apple's claim that South Korean rival Samsung stole the US firm's technology for its own products, the latest ruling in a global patent battle between the tech giants.

The Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple's patents on its iPhone and iPad computer for some of its own Galaxy smartphones and tablet computer.

The three-judge panel also awarded legal costs to Samsung.

"The defendant's products do not seem like they used the same technology as the plaintiff's products so we turn down the complaints made by [Apple]," Judge Tamotsu Shoji told the court.

The decision comes a week after the iPhone maker won more than $1bn in a massive US court victory over Samsung with jurors finding that the South Korean firm had "willfully" infringed on Apple's patents.

Apple was seeking ¥100m ($1.27m) in compensation from Samsung's Japanese units, and had accused it of stealing technology used to transfer music and video files.

Samsung has steadfastly denied its rival's claims in a string of similar cases filed across the globe.

The high-profile verdict in the US last week affects patents on a range of Samsung products including some of its popular smartphones and its Galaxy 10 tablet.

Jurors rejected the South Korean electronics firm's patent theft counterclaims against Apple.

Samsung has pledged to keep fighting the case, and said that if it stands "it will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices".

  • gkleingeld - 2012-08-31 08:01

    It seems like homefield advantage counts in legal matters as well as sport. Lol.

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-31 08:09

      Absolutely. The only reason why apple won in the states is because the case was heard there. Apple are just as gulity as Samsung, in fact all of these guys are equally gulity of copywright infringement

      kobus.vandermey - 2012-08-31 08:22

      It's not really home advantage because Koreans and Japanese are bitter rivals. You do know that Korea is not Japan or that Samsung is not Japanese, they are Koreans. Apple also lost a court case in the UK against Samsung a few months ago. If it was home advantage, why didn't Apple win in UK, since it is western or closer to US.

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-08-31 08:30

      It would have been interesting to find out what type of mobile products the US jury used. I would not be surprised if most of them used apple

      mfundi.ndaba - 2012-08-31 09:51

      Kobus is a party pooper!!!

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-09-01 10:18

      It is probably more a case of American bias over many years, that Asian countries can only copy American technology. Show an American jury two phones that look similar on the surface and they will automatically assume American technology was copied.

  • elaisa.kasan - 2012-08-31 08:26

    Thank you Japanese Judges for a sane decision, unlike the US Jury. A rectangular array of rectangular icons displayed on a rectangular device does not qualify for a patent. Touching something to evoke a desired response does not qualify for a patent.

  • mbonyathi - 2012-08-31 08:35

    Apple thought that winning in the US will pave way for more wins in other countries but hahahahah! samsung has taken a bite!!!!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-31 09:16

    I have iPhone,iPad , Mac etc but apple is now putting me off their product with their controlling modus operandi. Must get jailbreak app so I can download whatever I like .

  • arno.botha.71 - 2012-08-31 12:17

    apple's relentless pursuit is seriously putting me off from buying their products, it reminds me of the shady business practices microsoft was known for.

      denny.cray - 2012-09-03 09:15

      I think you have made a very good point. A lot of Apple's success feeds upon the loop of a very loyal support base who clamour for each new offering. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that - I think Apple makes some great products but it isn't hard to imagine the company losing some of that support if people start perceiving them as a corporate monster bullying the competition with lawyers. Copyrights are important, but so is choosing your battles.

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