Samsung might have been handed a crushing defeat last week in the US in regards to its patent case versus Apple, but the Korean company can take solace in the fact that in the victory they’ve managed to eek out over their US rival in Japan. A Japanese court has rejected the patent claims made by Apple against Samsung . The New York Times reports that the Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets did not violate an Apple patent on technology that synchronizes music and videos between devices and servers.
Apple currently has the #1 spot in Japan in 2011, with Samsung a distant #5. Samsung has this to say: “Samsung has strongly asserted that its technology is altogether different and does not infringe on Apple patents. The ruling recognizes the legitimacy of Samsung’s assertions and is highly valid.” Apple declined to comment.
Source: Wall Street Journal