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Apple Loses Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung In Japan

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Published on Aug 31, 2012

A Tokyo court has ruled that Samsung Electronics' mobile devices do not violate an Apple Inc patent involving synching technology.

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A Tokyo court ruled on Friday that Samsung Electronics' mobile devices do not violate an Apple patent that relates to synching mobile devices with computers.

This is a victory for the South Korean firm, who just last week were fined over $1billion by a U.S. court for copying key features of Apples' iPhone.

Samsung said in a statement: "We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property."

A representative from the Institute of Intellectual Property in Japan says that despite having lost the case, Apple will still benefit.

[Tsuyoshi Uchida, Institute of Intellectual Property in Japan]:
"By suing Samsung, presenting the evidence and letting the media in on this, Apple wants to propagate the impression that Samsung is a copy-cat and just that alone is advantageous for Apple."

Apple sued Samsung over the infringement of patents involving synching technology only in Japan and not anywhere else in the world.

The result does not appear to have had any major impact on the Japanese mobile phone market.

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