Japan court rejects Samsung claim against Apple

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, Legal, Samsung, Japan

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  • Samsung Is Beating Apple Where It Matters

    So Samsung has been a little, shall we say, hamfisted in its legal countermaneouvrings against Apple. I've started to think this matters less and less. The worst Apple has been able to manage in the courts is to dock Samsung a week's worth of revenue (which it has yet to hand over anyway). In the meantime, its Android business is handily raking in several times that every time Tim Cook has to apologize for yet another fall in Apple's stock price.

    In sum, one company is preoccupied with litigating, while the other is doing a much better job innovating. Guess which one is winning?
    • Re: matters less

      I will love to see Samsung continue to claim they own the cellular technolgies. The US has already decided to force all FRAND patents be licensed, no matter if the "patent owner" agrees. The EU is waving the 10% turnover penalty and already saw Samsung withdraw their claims against a number of companies they see as competitors. It is pretty apparent, that Samsung are good copycat and because of the way Korean businesses are coupled with the state it is very hard to stop them.

      Apple is the least problem for Samsung. Samsung are their own worst enemies.
      • Of course they are

        More diatribe danbi? Any basis for this? "Samsung are their own worst enemies" - funny, their position in multiple markets doesn't support your silly musings. Really, how much better can they be?
        Little Old Man