Japan court rules for Apple in Samsung patent suit

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, Japanese] on Friday issued a partial verdict for Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung [corporate website] concerning technology which triggers a bounce-back animation when one scrolls through to the end of a digital documents on older mobile devices. The court has yet to provide a date for when it will issue its final ruling in the lawsuit, which is expected to include information about a potential damages award amount. Samsung said that company planned to review the ruling and then decide whether to appeal [AP report].

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in patent litigation in courts around the world. Earlier this month, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] issued a limited import ban [JURIST report] and a cease-and-desist-order against Apple for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G after finding the devices violated a patent held by Samsung Electronics. In March, a UK court ruled in favor of Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Samsung involving three patents [JURIST reports] in connection to data and information transfer technology that Samsung alleged Apple infringed. In February the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] rejected a request [JURIST report] by Apple to ban sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone based on allegations of willful patent infringements. In January, the District Court of The Hague [official website] ruled that the designs of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7 do not infringe [JURIST reports] designs patented by Apple.

 

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