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Samsung Scores Legal Victory Against Apple In Japan

Samsung has scored a legal victory against Apple in Tokyo, as a judge ruled that the South Korean manufacturer is not violating Apple’s patent for synchronizing video and music with servers. The verdict comes a week after Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple $1.05 billion in damages to Apple as Samsung was found to have willfully copied Apple’s products. Now, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji has ruled that Apple must pay legal costs in his verdict.

Apple vs. Samsung
However, this is just one episode in the global patent war between the two tech giants fighting for supremacy in the Smartphone market, which was estimated to have been worth about $219 billion last year. The Tokyo lawsuit was filed by Apple last year, claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S II were violating Apple’s patent on music and video sync and sought $1.3 million in damages, the court documents show.

Samsung scored a second victory against Apple within a week, as the Tokyo ruling comes right after a verdict made public in South Korea, where, despite the mixed ruling, it was favorable to Samsung.

Since both companies are seeking to ban each other’s smart devices from the targeted countries, they failed to obtain any affirmative decision in South Korean, because they are both violating each other’s patents. What they did obtain: Apple needs to stop selling iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and 2, while Samsung has to stop selling 12 products, including the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Galaxy tab.

It remains to be seen how the other patent litigation performs in other countries such as Australia, where a final verdict is yet to be announced. [Via Bloomberg]

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