Things are a 'bit' different in the rest of the world.
A Tokyo Court ruled out Samsung did not infringe Apple's media sync patent.
However, it's only a small win for Samsung, after its crushing defeat in the United States last week...
Just one week after a US court ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion to Apple for patent infringement, a court in Japan ruled out this weekend that Samsung did not steal Apple technology.
Still, this one is only a 'small' win for Samsung compared to its crushing defeat in the US.
Now, however, it looks like Apple hardly needs a 'lift' in Japan. The iPhone was the top-selling smartphone there in 2011, while Samsung’s Galaxy series trailed in the No. 5 spot.Apple sought just $1.3 million from Samsung in a lawsuit filed in Tokyo last year. The suit alleged that Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets infringed "an Apple patent on technology that synchronizes music and videos between gadgets and servers," according to the New York Times. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ruled that Samsung did not infringe the patent and ordered Apple to pay Samsung's legal costs.
Also, the Apple and Samsung legal teams are battling it out over patents in 10 countries worldwide, including in South Korea where Samsung recently got another favorable verdict.
Meanwhile, in the US, Apple asked for injunctions against eight Samsung devices that it wants off the shelves, but Samsung is already taking steps to continue selling the devices even if injunctions are enforced.“Internationally, it’s been a mixed picture” for Apple, said James Bessen, an economist and lecturer at the Boston University School of Law. “Part of that is because most other countries don’t have the same attitude toward software patenting that the U.S. has.”
For both companies, Japan makes up a far smaller proportion of sales than the all-important American market. But the Tokyo ruling suggests that despite Apple’s victory last week, the jostling between the two companies for the upper hand in the fast-growing smartphone and tablet businesses is just beginning.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Japan court samsung did not infringe apples media sync patent (via) ArsTechnica"Samsung officials have already begun to talk to wireless carriers about removing or modifying infringing features to keep products on the market if the injunctions are granted," the Wall Street Journal reported this week.
NEWS SOURCE #2: In Japan a setback for Apples patent fight (via) NyTimes
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