Last year, Apple sued Samsung in Tokyo for 100 million yen, or $1.3 million, in damages after alleging that the Korean company’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets violated a patent on technology that synchronizes music and videos between devices and servers. On August 31 this year, the Tokyo District Court delivered a verdict that did not find Samsung guilty of violation. Apple had also been ordered by the Judge Tamotsu Shoji to pay costs of the lawsuit.
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“Samsung has strongly asserted that its technology is altogether different and does not infringe on Apple patents. The ruling recognizes the legitimacy of Samsung’s assertions and is highly valid,” the Korean company had said in a statement then.
Apple has also filed other patent suits in Japan against Samsung, including one that claims the Korean company copied the bounce-back effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list on the iPhone and iPad. It has also asked for an injunction to prevent Samsung from shipping some Galaxy smartphones to Japan.
The iPhone was the top-selling smartphone in Japan in 2011, while Samsung’s Galaxy line came in at the fifth spot. However, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android took 58 percent of the Japanese market in the first quarter of this year, compared with the 38 percent market share claimed by Apple’s iOS, and is growing its clout.
Samsung is the largest smartphone maker globally, with Apple trailing just behind in the $219 billion market. The two fierce rivals have been suing each other over patent-infringement claims in several countries. In August, Apple won more than $1 billion in damages in a jury trial in San Jose, California.
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