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Japan Court Rules in Favor of Samsung in Apple Lawsuit

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
    Japan got it right
    USA jurors are retarded
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  • Nakal
    I still foresee the verdict being modified or changed in the US.
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  • kcorp2003
    yeah that all depends on the jury. I heard the US jurors were engineers and well educated people.

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  • nieur
    I salute you Tamotsu Shoji
    hope this helps Apple putting it's Patent Troll at hold
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  • zulutech
    They should really check wether the jurors use apple or samsung products first before picking them.
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  • jdwii
    Its hard to speak their language but i guess i can learn time to move!
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  • Camikazi
    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
    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
    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
    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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