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Japan Court Rules in Favor of Samsung in Apple Lawsuit

By - Source: Reuters | B 37 comments

Samsung wins in Japan after heavy blow of US loss.

Samsung may have just suffered a massive blow in its battle against Apple, but the company was today handed a win by the Japanese courts. According to Reuters, Tokyo District Court Judge Tamotsu Shoji today ruled that Samsung's devices did not violate an Apple-owned patent involved in synching mobile devices and computers. The news outlet cites the judge as saying Samsung's products don't infringe on Apple's technological scope.

Last Friday, August 24, a nine-person jury awarded Apple $1.051 billion in damages, following the determination that Samsung had copied the iPhone and the iPad and infringed upon several of Apple's patents. Apple claimed that several of Samsung's products violated an Apple patent called "bounce back," essentially a visual effect which takes place when the user scrolls to the end of a list. The devices also infringed upon an Apple patent in which consumers use a pinch-to-zoom gesture when they want to magnify an image on their screen. Seven Apple patents total spanning physical and software were in question. Apple has already moved to ban a total of eight Samsung phones that were named in the suit.

Speaking about its Japanese victory, Samsung said it was pleased with the verdict.

"We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," Reuters cites the South Korean company as saying.

Indeed, the victory once again reinforces the fact that the battle isn't over. Apple may have won the battle in the U.S., but the war certainly isn't over.
Samsung and Apple are scheduled to appear in court on September 20, when the former will attempt to have the June injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted. On December 6, the two will attend a hearing for Apple's request for injunction against eight of Samsung's phones.

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    eternalkp , August 31, 2012 5:32 PM
    Japan got it right
    USA jurors are retarded
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    Nakal , August 31, 2012 5:33 PM
    I still foresee the verdict being modified or changed in the US.
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    Camikazi , August 31, 2012 5:56 PM
    zulutechThey should really check wether the jurors use apple or samsung products first before picking them.

    Maybe they should also move the court case out of Apples home town as well :p 
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  • 43 Hide
    eternalkp , August 31, 2012 5:32 PM
    Japan got it right
    USA jurors are retarded
  • 27 Hide
    Nakal , August 31, 2012 5:33 PM
    I still foresee the verdict being modified or changed in the US.
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    nieur , August 31, 2012 5:42 PM
    I salute you Tamotsu Shoji
    hope this helps Apple putting it's Patent Troll at hold
  • 15 Hide
    zulutech , August 31, 2012 5:44 PM
    They should really check wether the jurors use apple or samsung products first before picking them.
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    jdwii , August 31, 2012 5:46 PM
    Its hard to speak their language but i guess i can learn time to move!
  • 27 Hide
    Camikazi , August 31, 2012 5:56 PM
    zulutechThey should really check wether the jurors use apple or samsung products first before picking them.

    Maybe they should also move the court case out of Apples home town as well :p 
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    dudewitbow , August 31, 2012 6:02 PM
    kcorp2003yeah that all depends on the jury. I heard the US jurors were engineers and well educated people.


    Most of them were, but some admitted that they went through process too quickly
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    Pinhedd , August 31, 2012 6:10 PM
    kcorp2003yeah that all depends on the jury. I heard the US jurors were engineers and well educated people.


    If by "educated people" you mean a CTO, who despite owning at least one patent, does not understand how the patent system actually works and 8 other people who couldn't figure it out at all then yes, they are educated people.

    Jurors are expected to use their own life experiences to reach a verdict but they are not allowed to introduce their own evidences or act as their own expert witnesses. By having his so called "aha!" moment, the foreman attempted to educate the jury in a matter that would go beyond that of a layperson, this is not allowed and is grounds for a mistrial. To make matters worse, his so called "expertise" was actually a complete and total misapplication of the law and the jury used this as a basis to reach their verdict. Normally the mental processes of jurors cannot be called into question but the mere fact that they admittedly treated pure speculation as objective fact means that the entire verdict must be called into question.

    I smell a mistrial or a very strong appeal.
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    XZaapryca , August 31, 2012 6:15 PM
    As if droid users will throw up their hands and buy iPhones. Tiny screen, chained to iTunes, and ugly. Apple has come a long way since 1984. Someone should throw a hammer at them now.
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    Unolocogringo , August 31, 2012 6:19 PM
    at least one court is on the right track.
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    mcd023 , August 31, 2012 6:33 PM
    jdwiiIts hard to speak their language but i guess i can learn time to move!

    Japan rocks ;)  You'd love it. Well, anyone that comes to this site would love Japan. lol (yes, I've been there and I wanna go back!)
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 31, 2012 6:57 PM
    Wait, Apple patented syncing which is essentially just automating what people tend to do and defaulting to copying everything that's new over to the other device which is basically what automatic back-up systems are supposed to do? So does that mean you can patent the idea that computers and robots will basically do everything for you? not patent how they actually do it but patent that they will do it and then that means nobody else can make anything automatic?
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    dalethepcman , August 31, 2012 6:59 PM
    Really.. a lawsuit on how it connects to a computer.. hint hint, its called USB, the U stands for Universal, not Apple, and Palm (now HP) was syncing "contacts, calendars, and media" long before Apple was.
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    maestintaolius , August 31, 2012 7:09 PM
    PinheddIf by "educated people" you mean a CTO, who despite owning at least one patent, does not understand how the patent system actually works and 8 other people who couldn't figure it out at all then yes, they are educated people.Jurors are expected to use their own life experiences to reach a verdict but they are not allowed to introduce their own evidences or act as their own expert witnesses. By having his so called "aha!" moment, the foreman attempted to educate the jury in a matter that would go beyond that of a layperson, this is not allowed and is grounds for a mistrial. To make matters worse, his so called "expertise" was actually a complete and total misapplication of the law and the jury used this as a basis to reach their verdict. Normally the mental processes of jurors cannot be called into question but the mere fact that they admittedly treated pure speculation as objective fact means that the entire verdict must be called into question.I smell a mistrial or a very strong appeal.

    This has been my thought process as well. Ever since I heard the interviews where the other jurors said the one elec engineer who had a few patents was 'instrumental in guiding them'. I imagine any of those fancy schmancy lawyers samsung's got loved that info.
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    saturnus , August 31, 2012 7:14 PM
    Apple won the battle in the US? Come on. They were awarded a small win in a local court were all the jurors directly or indirectly depends on Apple. They fact that they were award only $1B when they asked for $10B could also be seen a giant defeat when the reality is that Apple will not see such a lop-sided group of jurors when it's appealed.
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    halcyon , August 31, 2012 7:29 PM
    Well, this should make at least some people happy.
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    halcyon , August 31, 2012 7:30 PM
    mcd023Japan rocks You'd love it. Well, anyone that comes to this site would love Japan. lol (yes, I've been there and I wanna go back!)

    ...and the women are fine too. I'm just say'n.
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    trumpeter1994 , August 31, 2012 7:31 PM
    This is great. I mean honestly this whole thing is ridiculous, its like somebody who invented door handles trying to file a lawsuit against automakers for putting them on there cars.

    Apple is trying to sue Samsung for using things that have been established as industry standards.As much as I hate to admit it Apple has helped put these standards in place, but in reality they shouldn't be suing over it, they should just feel proud that they've had an impact.
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    freggo , August 31, 2012 7:34 PM
    Shall we keep count?

    Samsung vs. Apple 3 : 1

    Apple got the USA
    Samsung got Korea, Japan and the UK.

    Cell Phone Market sizes

    USA 255Mil.

    Korea 44
    Japan 107
    UK 72

    Score by Cell Phone Market size therefore
    223:255 (give or take a few for a balanced result)

    Let's wait how China and Europe decide... that's where the real Numbers are.
    China 550 Mil
    Europe 480 Mil.


    4 down, 180 more to go :-)
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