Apple’s international patent war against Samsung has extended to yet another front – Japan. Apple recently filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court looking to block the sale of Samsung’s line of Galaxy S smartphones and tablets.
As it stands now, Apple multiple suits against Samsung span a number of continents and an extensive number of countries, from the US to Australia and a number of countries in Europe. Recently, Apple has had success in keeping the devices like the Galaxy Tab out of consumers hands. There’s currently an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia while similar injunctions against both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 are in play in Germany.
Earlier today, Japan’s top mobile carrier NTT Docomo (which sounds awfully close to the Dominic Dicoco character from Inglorious Basterds) began selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on its LTE network. Apple’s lawsuit, though, will have no effect, at least not yet, on the availability of the tablet from NTT Docomo.
Responding to questions regarding Apple and Samsung’s pending litigation, NTT Docomo President Ryuji Yamada explained that Samsung informed that that everything is all right and that they don’t believe the lawsuit will harm sales.
Apple is suing for damages of 100 million yen, which translates to approximately $1.3 million.