Japan court rejects Samsung claim against Apple

Summary:Tokyo District Court rules Samsung had no rights over data transmission technology used in some of Apple's iPhones, in an injunction filed by the South Korean giant to prevent the manufacture and sale of some Apple smartphones.

Tokyo District Court rules Samsung has no rights over data transmission technology used in some iPhones.

A court in Japan has rejected claims by Samsung that Apple stole its data transmission technology.

According to an AFP report, citing a Samsung spokesperson from the Tokyo office, the Tokyo District Court ruled on Thursday that the South Korean vendor had no rights over the transmission technology used in some of Apple's iPhones. 

The South Korean electronics giant had sought an injunction to prevent the manufacture and sale of some of Apple's smartphones in a dispute over patent rights, the spokesperson explained. In response to the claim which was made in 2011, Apple filed a lawsuit seeking a court ruling that Samsung did not hold patent rights and had no claim to damages, he noted.

"[Samsung was] disappointed that [its] argument was not accepted by the court," a statement issued by Samsung's Tokyo office said. "After studying details of the court ruling, we will take necessary measures to protect our property rights."

A spokesperson for Apple Japan declined to comment when approached by the newswire.

In a separate case in August 2012, the Tokyo District Court rejected Apple's claim that Samsung stole its technology over synchronising a smartphone's music data with that on a computer. In January this year, Samsung asked the court to dismiss Apple's bid for appeal over the favorable ruling toward Samsung .

Thursday's ruling is the latest in a long-running global legal battle between both smartphone giants. According to a Samsung spokesperson, the two companies are waging the patent fight in about 10 countries, with a dozen cases pending in Japan alone.

Topics: Smartphones, Apple, Japan, Legal, Samsung


Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

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