A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed Apple Inc.’s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent the latest ruling in the global legal battle over smartphones that pits the two technology titans against each other.
Samsung Electronics Co. welcomed the Tokyo District Court ruling that its technology to synchronise mobile players with computers did not infringe on Apple patents as confirming “our long-held position.”
“We will continue to offer highly innovative products to consumers, and continue our contributions toward the mobile industry’s development,” the company said in a statement.
In a session lasting a few minutes, Judge Tamotsu Shoji said he did not think Samsung products fell into the realm of Apple technology and dismissed the lawsuit, filed by Apple in August 2011.
Apple is embroiled in similar legal squabbles around the world over whether Samsung smartphones, which relies on Google Inc.’s Android technology, illegally used Apple designs, ideas or technology.
In one such case, a jury in California ruled last week that Samsung products illegally used such Apple creations as the “bounce-back” feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a tap of a finger.
The jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages and a judge is now evaluating Apple’s request to have eight Samsung products pulled from shelves and banned from the U.S. market, including popular Galaxy model smartphones.