Apple Goes One Better on Samsung

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) can keep selling its iPhones and iPads in Japan after a Tokyo court ruled in its favor in a 2011 patent lawsuit filed by rival Samsung (SSNLF.PK). In what is the latest of several stages and rounds in the global patent-infringement battle between the two competitors, the Korean company had tried to get an injunction on several Apple products by citing violation of patented data transmission technology.

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However, the Tokyo District Court rejected the request after ruling that Samsung had not tried “sincerely” enough to try and negotiate a licensing deal with the iPhone maker for the patents in question. Judge Ichiro Otaka also said that Samsung does not have the right to seek damages from Apple.

Samsung said it was disappointed and would take additional follow-up measures.

“We are disappointed by today’s court decision,” spokesman Nam Ki-yung told Bloomberg. “Following a thorough review of the ruling, we will take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”

The same court had earlier delivered a verdict in favor of Apple…

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