Apple appeals Japan patent suit loss to Samsung

By , Oct 16, 2012

In late August, a District Court in Tokyo ruled that Samsung’s mobile devices do not violate Apple’s patents. Not only did Apple lose the lawsuit, but it was also ordered to pay all attorney fees and court-related costs.

Obviously, the decision didn’t sit well with the Cupertino company, and they’re not giving up without a fight. Reports surfaced late last night that it has filed an appeal with Japan’s Intellectual Property High Court…

Bloomberg reports:

“Apple appealed an Aug. 31 ruling by Tokyo District Court that said Samsung didn’t violate Apple’s invention of technology for synchronizing music and video data with servers, a court spokesman Yutaka Sakai said by phone today. Cupertino, California-based Apple was ordered by Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji at the time to pay costs of the lawsuit.”

It’s worth noting that this August 31 loss came just a week after Apple’s major win against Samsung here in the US. A California jury found a number of Samsung’s products guilty of infringement on Apple’s patents and awarded the company more than a billion dollars in damages. Samsung, of course, is looking to appeal.

This particular lawsuit, which Apple filed late last year, covered a patent regarding media syncing technology. And interestingly enough, Apple was only asking for $1.3 million dollars in damages from Samsung.

The two companies currently lead the global smartphone market, and account for nearly 90% of its profits. They also happen to be supply chain partners, but recent reports say that these ongoing lawsuits is starting to decay that relationship.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.kirton.9 Dillon Kirton

    Ah. Rather interesting how they are partners in supplies, top of the market and continue to fight. Can Plle not just buy Samsung already? Then they can make money off those who like android and removable storage.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.kirton.9 Dillon Kirton

      I meant apple :)

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    Both company’s need each other just shake hands and end this shit… F#%k it i’am getting a Nokia..

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    lol at the asian companies standing behind their home company..lol duh…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

      Samsung AND Apple were found infringing each other in South Korea, Samsung’s HOME COUNTRY, so clearly they’re not “standing” together…
      Seriously, the xenophobic remarks I’ve seen from people about these cases literally makes me sick to my stomach. Grow up.