A court in Tokyo returned a favorable ruling for Samsung Friday, finding that Samsung's mobile devices were not in violation of an Apple patent related to inter-device media transfer.

This news comes one week after Samsung lost in what was (and continues to be) one of the most compelling trials tech has seen in a long time, with a San Jose jury ruling that Sammy owed Apple over $1 billion in damages over various trade dress and patent claims levied by Apple. By contrast, the jury awarded no damages to Samsung, finding that Apple didn't violate any of Samsung's patents and that all of Apple's patents retained validity.

Apple's suit against Samsung in Japan called for 100 million Yen (that's about $1,273,400 USD) over the allegedly infringed-upon patent, but the case – presided over by Judge Shoji – was dismissed today, with Shoji ruling that, for the patent in question, Samsung's and Apple's respective methods of execution were different enough to dismiss the claim.

Full details surrounding the case and each party's respective responses are not yet available. Of course we'll keep you updated with any relevant details, but in the meantime, check out the translated Nikkei.com article linked below.

Source: Nikkei.com via Reuters

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  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    It seems so weird that Samsungs got smacked only in the US...

    • Bala

      its because of the poor patent system they have

    • Jeremy Cope

      Land of the corrupt judiciairies.

    • mesmorino

      Well, Apple is a company founded in California, based in California, and (presumably) employs Californians. You couldn't get a more inherently biased jury if you tried, and this is how you know: Samsung was awarded ZERO damages in Cali. ZERO.

      I would have held the hearing/trial in South Africa or something. Or at least somewhere less politically charged regarding the case. Maybe Saskachewan.

      • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

        FYI, if you read Japanese news, you will know that there's a new wave of anti-Korean voices in recent weeks. That does not appear to affect Samsung in the Japanese case.

        • IanMMA

          I was just gonna say something similar. Japan is INCREDIBLY prejudice against Koreans and still their justice system can get it right. I still believe when the appeal goes through and Samsung gets a rightful change of venue to probably southern Ca the whole thing will eventually be over turned.

          • George Tunaya III

            Also - Apple and Samsung should just build Billion dollar robots and fight it out. Just sayin.

          • John O’Connor

            will this be televised? and will there be scallions?... {cough} I mean stallions on the field of battle?

          • Jon Garrett

            Samsung would have the advantage, but it sure would be fun to watch a giant Steve Jobs robot get its ass kicked and its head lopped off !!

    • russ g

      I wouldn't say Apple won in the "US", more specifically they won in San Jose - California, a few miles from Apple head quarters, where many Apple employees live.

      • Matthew Fry

        Well... I wouldn't go that far. I mean, you have to at least give them the benefit of the doubt that they checked where the jury worked and if they had relatives in the case. Both sides get to throw jury members out for good reason.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580217713 Yorliw Oalid

      It's not weird at all. It was pretty much expected since the US allowed those things to be patented.

    • Tom

      Due to the idiotic jury foreman.

      • tehjoker

        Not to mention his patent that apple uses...

    • PINJ

      It Seems So Weird That Apple Have Never Won Over Samsung In Asia

      • http://www.facebook.com/serge.schuurbiers Serge Schuurbiers

        Also Apple lost the fight in courts of the UK and Netherland ( Europe )

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    Yes! Samsung stays winning, unless its in the US. Every other country has common sense, knowing that Apple's patents are too general/invalid and that they are stifling innovation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/humberto.verdugo1 Humberto Verdugo

    faith in humanity restored

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    This highlights the potentially huge difference in outcome a lawsuit could have depending on whether the case is decided by a judge or a jury.

    Maybe it's not just the patent system in the US that needs revising...Perhaps certain cases should not involve juries at all?

    • tehjoker

      Just toss the head juror and have a retrial... don't need biased apple patent paid foremen on the floor

    • By The Power

      Considering that a court in the US has actually allowed a
      company to patent a gene stating isolated DNA molecules are “not found in
      nature” therefore it becomes more like an invention I agree with you.

      Clearly the US
      courts are on the side of mega corporation (specifically US based), in regards
      to my statement above this has dire ramifications for ongoing scientific
      discovery and the possibility of a cure for god know what to be stifled.

      • John O’Connor

        ridiculous on the gene patent as well. who is to say a specific gene does not exist in nature? there are countless combinations of the same basic proteins that comprise a gene. Unless the US Legislative branch has somehow documented on genetic materially in all flora and fauna that have ever existed on this planet, a not found in natural ruling is incredibly obtuse

  • TristanPR77

    Samsung smacked only on the US while winning in all other places aroubd the world proves how corrupt the US is. Someone should investigate if apple is a big political campaign contributor, there was enough evidence in the trial to invalidate apple patents due to prior art and yet not a single damage was given to apple. The US patent and justice system is so corrupted.

  • onpoint G

    haha good job, BOOOYAHH BITCHESSS!!!

  • wideopn11

    That sounds like 2-1 to me, Korea and Japan dismissing crApple's law suit. I see an overturn on appeal in the US soon.

    • Alan

      Actually in South Korea they both lost and had devices banned.

      • vikings football

        actually, in korea, they found apple to infringe on two of samsungs patent...on the other hand, it was found that samsung violated one of apples patent...when fines are/were to be exchange, samsung came out ahead...in that sense, samsung won 2 for and 1 against

  • Imran

    I think there are other cases ongoing in japan.so this is partial win.

  • Greyhame

    No, that California jury wasn't biased at all.......

    • vikings football

      yah sure, thats why the lead foreman decided that the lawsuit was more about protecting and siding with apples patent than about weighing both sides equally