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Samsung Fails to Block Apple IPhone, IPad Sales in Japan

February 28, 2013

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) failed in a bid to block sales of Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) iPads and iPhones in Japan, the latest step in a global patent spat between the world’s two largest smartphone makers.

The Tokyo District Court rejected the request as Samsung hadn’t negotiated “sincerely” with Apple over licensing data- sending patents, Judge Ichiro Otaka said in a ruling today. The court also ruled that Samsung doesn’t have the right to seek damages from Apple.

Samsung is “disappointed” with the court decision, Nam Ki-yung, a spokesman, said by e-mail. “We will take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.” Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, declined to comment when contacted by phone.

The two phone-makers are suing each other in dozens of cases (AAPL:US) worldwide, trying to use patents to force the other into changing products or removing some models from sale. At stake is market share in the mobile-device market that researcher Yankee Group expects to double to $847 billion by 2016.

In August, the Tokyo District Court separately ruled that Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung’s smartphones and a tablet computer didn’t infringe on an Apple invention for synchronizing music and video data with servers.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, claimed that the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S II infringed the patent on synchronization, and sought 100 million yen ($1.1 million) in damages, according to court documents.

To contact the reporters on this story: Takashi Amano in Tokyo at tamano6@bloomberg.net; Naoko Fujimura in Tokyo at nfujimura@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net


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