Samsung triumphs over rival Apple in Japan patent case

Written by Reuters | Tokyo | Updated: Sep 2 2012, 02:43am hrs
A Tokyo court ruled on Friday that Samsung Electronics mobile devices did not violate an Apple patent involved in synching mobile devices and computers, awarding the South Korean maker a victory a week after it lost a bruising landmark patent case in the United States. In rejecting Apples suit, Tokyo district court judge Tamotsu Shoji said Samsungs products did not infringe on the US firms technological scope.

A US federal jury found last week that Apple did not infringe on any of Samsungs patents, while the South Korean firm had copied key features of iPhone. The same jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages and it is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones in the US market.

We welcome the courts decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apples intellectual property, Samsung said in a statement following the verdict from the Tokyo court.

Apple sued Samsung in Tokyo last year, claiming the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S II infringed the patent on synchronisation, and sought 100 million yen ($1.3 million) in damages. The Galaxy series of products in Japan is offered by NTT.

A representative for Apple in Japan declined to comment.

In Seoul, Samsung shares were up 0.7% in a flat market.

A spokesman for NTT Docomo declined to comment, while a KDDI spokeswoman said she did not see any major impact from the decision. Both Japanese mobile carriers sell the popular Samsung Galaxy series. Shares in NTT Docomo last traded down 1.8% at a 2-week low, while KDDI was down 1.2%.