Samsung vs. Apple Lawsuit Verdict: Samsung Scores a Win in Japan

Aug 31, 2012 11:29 AM EDT

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  • (Reuters) Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin confirmed the existence of Galaxy S3 Mini Wednesday, and said it will be released Oct. 11.

Apple and Samsung's court battles do not seem to end, now, news from Japan reports a Tokyo court ruled that Samsung did not infringe patents of the Cupertino-based company.

This comes as a respite for Samsung, which lost a landmark patent case in U.S. last week. Samsung was ordered by the San Jose court to pay more than $1 billion in damages to Apple, last week.

"We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," said Samsung, according to BBC.

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Earlier in August, Tokyo District judge Tamotsu Shoji found Samsung did not violate any Apple patent for synchronizing videos and music data between devices and servers in a case that was filed by Apple, BBC reported.

"We will continue to offer highly innovative products to consumers, and continue our contributions toward the mobile industry's development," said Samsung in a statement.

ABC News reported that the Apple lawyer who was present declined to comment on the issue.

Samsung has said it will not give up its fight against Apple, as Apple wants a sales ban on eight Samsung handhelds including Galaxy S2 in U.S. markets. This appeal will be heard by U.S. District judge Lucy Koh on Dec. 6. The Korean company's latest Galaxy S3 is not among the to-be-banned list by Apple.

Apple, which makes iPads, iPhones, iPods, and PCs, is involved in legal court battles around the world with Samsung which it says has copied Apple designs, ideas, and technology. Samsung uses Google's Android operating system in its handhelds.

Among Japanese consumers, Apple products are popular. But major Japanese carriers sell Samsung handhelds too.

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