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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have had an overall victory in the U.S., but the result of its patent trial against Samsung in Japan was decidedly different. A Tokyo court ruled Friday that Samsung’s mobile devices did not violate the patent in contention there, awarding the South Korean electronics company the victory this time around. Tokyo District Court Judge Tamotsu Shoji said Samsung’s products did not infringe on the U.S. company’s technological scope.
Last week, a U.S. federal jury found that Apple did not infringe on any of Samsung’s patents, but that the South Korean firm had copied key features of the iPhone. The jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages and the California-based company is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones in the U.S. market for infringing on its patents.
Commenting on Friday’s verdict, Samsung released a statement saying, “We welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property.” In Seoul, Samsung shares were up 0.7 percent in a flat market.
The decision also allays concerns that the outcome of the U.S. trial will impact verdicts in other pending trials around the world. Apple’s victory in the U.S. was the first, and possibly only, big win for the iPhone maker, though a win in its largest market
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