Apple Goes One Better on Samsung

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) can keep selling its iPhones and iPads in Japan after a Tokyo court ruled in its favor in a 2011 patent lawsuit filed by rival Samsung (SSNLF.PK). In what is the latest of several stages and rounds in the global patent-infringement battle between the two competitors, the Korean company had tried to get an injunction on several Apple products by citing violation of patented data transmission technology.

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However, the Tokyo District Court rejected the request after ruling that Samsung had not tried “sincerely” enough to try and negotiate a licensing deal with the iPhone maker for the patents in question. Judge Ichiro Otaka also said that Samsung does not have the right to seek damages from Apple.

Samsung said it was disappointed and would take additional follow-up measures.

“We are disappointed by today’s court decision,” spokesman Nam Ki-yung told Bloomberg. “Following a thorough review of the ruling, we will take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”

The same court had earlier delivered a verdict in favor of Apple…

In August, the Tokyo District Court separately ruled that Samsung’s smartphone and tablet devices did not infringe on an Apple patent for synchronizing music and video data with servers. Apple had asked for 100 million yen, or $1.1 million, in damages after naming the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy S II as guilty devices.

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With court battles around the world between the two global smartphone leaders, judges are beginning to get weary. Earlier this month, Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, told the two companies that she wanted to put the second of two patent cases between them on hold while the first was in the process of being fully resolved.

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