Tokyo Court rules that Samsung products do not infringe Apple patents for mobile device syncing

Mon, Sep 3, 2012

Legal, News

Apple’s legal efforts against Samsung in the US have clearly been going well, but with ongoing battles in jurisdictions at all corners of the globe, not everything is turning up in Apple’s favor these days.

This past Friday, a court in Tokyo ruled that Samsung’s accused products do not infringe upon Apple’s patents regarding the syncing of mobile devices and computers.

“We welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property,” Samsung explained in a statement to the press.

Good news for Samsung, but that of course pales in significance to the $1.05 billion judgement in Apple’s favor handed down by a jury last week. Samsung has vowed to appeal and fight the ruling, but their cowboy stance wasn’t enough to prevent shares of the company from dropping rather precipitously last week when Samsung shares fell by nearly 7% in early morning trading, representing the company’s largest one-day decline in nearly four years.

In other Samsung/legal news, the South Korean company has reportedly promised to sue Apple immediately the second they release an iPhone model with 4G LTE functionality. And with the iPhone 5 launch date rumored for September 21, it stands to reason that the legal fire between Apple and Samsung will keep on burning for the foreseeable future.

via Reuters



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