Tokyo’s District Court rules in favor of Apple in Samsung patent dispute

Apple and Samsung’s legal battles have spanned across many countries around the world, and so far both companies have won some and lost some. In the US, however, it looks like Apple might have won, and it seems that over in Tokyo, things aren’t going that well either for Samsung. According to a recent ruling by Tokyo’s District Court, they have ruled that Apple did not infringe upon Samsung’s data communications patents and will not have to pay Samsung any damages. 

Apple didn’t infringe on Samsung data communications patents and won’t have to pay any damages, a Tokyo District Court has ruled. Samsung had filed a lawsuit that brought Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 into the crosshairs. “We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” an emailed statement from Samsung reads. “Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal.” The two companies have been engaged in a long-running global legal battle, mostly focused around the accusation that Samsung Android-based products are “slavishly” copied from the iPhone and iPad. Although both sides have scored individual victories, the battle has largely gone in Apple’s favor. In 2012 a US jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages; subsequent court developments have brought that amount down.

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