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Apple asks for a ban on Samsung's Galaxy line in Japan, seeks $1.3 million in damages

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Apple asks for a ban on Samsung's Galaxy line in Japan, seeks $1.3 million in damages
The next stop in the globetrotting legal battle between Apple and Samsung seems to be Japan, as the local Kyodo news agency is reporting a first hearing held yesterday on Apple's request to ban the Galaxy line of smartphones there.

This is just another element in the chain of lawsuits spanning countries and continents, where Apple has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung's most popular Android devices. While a spokesperson from the Tokyo court has declined to comment on any ongoing cases, it is rumored that Cupertino is seeking $1.3 million in damages - a relatively small sum, which, however, could set a dangerous precedent, if approved.

Japan is a pretty important market for Apple's products and it obviously doesn't want what is becoming its biggest competitor to make a dent there with phones like the Galaxy S II, for example. We'll keep an eye on the developments, and let you know if the Japanese tussle results in a ban, like in Germany, or delayed hearing, like in Australia.

We guess we won't be seeing flagship smartphones from Samsung waving to us from space again any time soon, if the court upholds a Japanese ban as well, that ship has sailed.

source: Reuters

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posted on 08 Sep 2011, 03:55 24

1. ken (unregistered)


Fk Apple, this is all i have left to say about it.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 04:17 9

3. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Amen.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:35 13

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Apple is scared of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That phone already made the unreleased iPhone 5 obsolete. Apple your next phone should be yellow, because of the fear you have of Samsung. Wow they really want to ban Samsung all over the world. Sorry Apple this is a big FEAR FAIL on your behalf! lol

Just one word for Apple............. WEAK!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:39 5

28. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


LOL!!!! Nexus Prime is a joke. It looks like a bar of soap dipped in oil. it'll never compete with the sexy iPhone 5 and anyone says otherwise is delusional.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:43 6

33. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


and the iPhone 4 doesn't?
lol i think you're going delusional... all those losses in le WWE must be going to your head ;)
DW though, you'll be back to normal in a few weeks :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:30 1

94. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Don't you worry, you were never normal to begin with.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 18:51 2

113. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


i am not a sheep, is that why i'm abnormal?
well then...... ABNORMAL AND F-ING PROUD!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:55 10

36. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The_Miz, I am sorry the days of Apple innovating is OVER! Samsung is the new king in town. Samsung innovates, Apple now steals (iCloud, Android's notification anyone?) I think you are the delusional one. lol The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.6" HD Super AMOLED already made your tiny 3.7" Retina display look like a Nintendo DS. lol Apple's iPhone 5 is ALREADY obsolete. That is funny because the iPhone 5 is NOT even out. lol There is a saying for what you are going though.

"The truth hurts!" lol

So don’t cry, dry you eye! lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:06

41. yatiac (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2011)


And now that is confirmed that samsung is developing the nexus prime....

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 12:29

70. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


If Apple had infringed any patents with the notification system, dont you think they'd be getting sued by Samsung right now?? They might have some similarities but nothing ilegal like the patent war Apple is suing Samsung over, in the end, it's all business, and I like Apple's business, be the best....f**k the rest lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 14:11 7

81. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Apple Fanboy, clearly you need some education. Samsung did not invent the notification system, the operating system belongs to Google, so if anyone was going to sue, it would be them to do so. But unlike Apple, not everyone has to sue out of fear of competition. Other companies actually like competition, because they know that they have what it takes to compete. Apple is trying to preserve themselves the cowardly way; by suing all of the competition out of the market. Too bad for them that this just isn't going to happen. It's pretty stupid actually, because all of the money they are spending on court fees and lawyers could be going towards innovation.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:11 3

84. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple just redefined the smartphone market and then the tablet market. Do you expect that Apple should reinvent the wheel every year? No one else does, but that's ok right?

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:32

95. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Sorry, I don't speak BS. Lol, if Apple's innovative days are over, how come the iPhone has sold more units than any typical Crapdroid phone? I mean sure, Android has a lot of users, but Android has the highest turnover rate in smartphone world and Android is on many devices. And lol at people nuthugging Samsung, the same manufacturer that took six months to release Froyo when Gingerbread was already out. Lol, get over it.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:52 1

100. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


just wait a month... once the iphone 5 is released.. not he Prime or the SGII will take a back seat to popularity and sales...

the truth does hurt.... is easy to think any phone is great with out the kings of sales the iphone5 out but the king will be here in a month....

this was sent from my ipad2

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 17:32

107. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


lmao love that last line Gallitoking

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 20:37 2

116. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


why didnt you send it from your android phone gallito?? :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:44 4

61. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


How is a phone you've never seen and don't know the exact specs of SEXY??????

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:45 3

62. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm an apple guy myself,and I also love android,but apple sucks. This crap they're doing is hella wack. Samsung galaxy s2 for me.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 21:21 1

122. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Why don't you go back and do your SUBWAY promos The_Miz

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:01 2

15. Kjayhawk (Posts: 287; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I disagree completely if Samsung is infringing on apples patents then there product should be revoked. Other wise apple is just wasting money on this thing. Chances are nothing will happen, worst thing comes to worst samsung sells the US version of the galaxy globally... people should stop overreacting.

But still it is annoying and I understand why people are pissed

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 12:52 1

73. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Apple is wasting money on this. Their customers money.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:30 4

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol Wait for me Peter I am hopping on the next flight to Sweden in 10 minutes. I will bring the lighter! lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:40 2

30. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I could report both of you for that since arsony is a federal crime.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:00 4

38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am so sorry, your feeble mind can't see we are joking. I am sorry everyone in PhoneArena.com. I can speak for Peter in saying we were BOTH just joking. It was a tasteless joke & we are both sorry. Is that good for you The_Miz! lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 09:24 5

56. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


It was just a joke, didn't the miz get that ? : P

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:34 3

96. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Nope. Saying you're going to burn down someone's store who could sue your ass for everything you got isn't a joke.

Lol, Apple could literally bankrupt you easily since they have money that you don't.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 20:38

117. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ya, go and try miz. im sure the police will travel to sweden to pick up Peter any moment now. your so dumb.. lol

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 00:42

124. ilia1986 (unregistered)


If they would - peter would just install bada in their car - so they would leave him alone. :D

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 02:58

126. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Man, you can never be taken seriously !
Apple can't bankrupt me at all, the Swedish court system is similar to Norway (it is a little tougher than norwegian system though) and it is impossible to bankrupt someone here in sweden by taking them to court. That only works in America.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:44

66. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


If the prison system in your country is anything like the one in Norway, where that psyco killed like 100 people, then please go for it lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 12:59

75. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


haha, the prison system is in fact a little similar to norway. The most you can get in prison here in sweden is 21 years (might be 25, not sure) even if you murder a 1000 people. But of course, they might say you'r a psyco, and then you will stay in mental hospital untill further notice...untill youre declared healthy.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:28

77. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Man you North-Western Europeans have it easy haha.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:54 1

101. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


told you Peter bash on Apple and you would be liked again... told you....

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 20:40

118. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no one ever disliked peter. picking on his bada obsession and not liking him are 2 different things. He doesnt act like a psychotic a$$, call people names, or do anything except politely cheer lead Bada and hope google goes all in with moto.

Unlike most of the people in the apple camp (and yes a few in the android camp) who do those other things all day long.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 04:23 8

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


This is beyond insane. They must be stopped.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:40 1

31. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh what are you going to do about it? They can sue whoever the hell they want. They have the money and the power. They should sue Samsung for copying them.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:51 2

49. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And obviously you don't see the problem with that now, do you?

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:34 2

97. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Nope, I see no problem other than your idiotic points.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 17:33 1

108. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Thank you Miz.....

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 20:01

115. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


no problem

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 04:31 4

5. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


OH FU.CKING COMMON APPLE!!!!
WE ALL KNOW YOU'RE SCARED,BUT THIS IS GETTING TOO MUCH!!!
I won't be surprised if the lawyers end up earning more than Tim Cook
Apple, stop this madness.... we all know you can't compete, but atleast try to ;)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 05:24 1

8. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


This mad me laugh. So apple is scared because they are filing a lawsuit against Samsung which may actually go through. I guess if you owned a huge billion plus dollar company and I came along and used ideas that you legally have a patent on, that you would just say nothing. Gtfoh, you'd file a suit faster than apple. Y'all act like apple is just making stuff up. I guess y'all are OK that Microsoft makes a killing off android phones, as long as its not apple. Where's the outrage for that. Hypocrites to the fullest.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 05:48 2

14. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


glad i made you laugh :D
umm apple has a patent on a BLACK RECTANGLE ?!? lol :)
okay... if they want to sue for a rectangular shape, let them... they didn't win anyways. They only won 2 out of the 10 lawsuits, and both can be fixed with a quick S/W update.
Also, you don't see TV manufacturers suing each other cos they have screens, or because they're rectangular and black, do you?
@ the microsoft issue, no, I AM NOT okay with M$ suing, and so.... they can piss off too :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:35 3

19. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple doesnt HAVE a patent on anything they are suing on. They are suing because they say samsung uses design similarities to confuse customers into buying a Tab instead of a Pad, and that somehow its hurting their sales because of customer confusion.
They use fake drawings and purposely skew sketches so they look similar. Not even a blind person would get them confused when they are in the hand or in front of you.

Guys, just sit back and watch the drama, there are still quite a few countries left that apple hasnt taken samsung to court, and im pretty sure they will get to those countries shortly. More drama before its over.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:18

23. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And what if we will all end up in a world in which the only competitive platform is the iJoke one? What's then? Sure there isn't much we can do save for boycotting apple products, but I don't think that there isn't any reason to worry here. I am not a Samsung customer, but I am concerned when a certain market suddenly has one of it's major player's products banned by another major player. Especially since after Samsung, Apple will go after HTC. And if HTC falls they will go after SE\Sony, or whatever. I can totally picture this.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:02 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It is a complete domino effect. Your right.. and thats the whole point. iFans dont see the big picture that apple is trying to take out the biggest competitor. Once that competitor falls it will be easy to win cases against the other guys.. HTC, LG, and the rest as they will have precidence in the arena. They dont need to go after Google, they are going after all of Google's arms n legs.

It has nothing to do with patents and everything to do with not wanting to compete.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:03 1

63. darkkjedii (Posts: 10977; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple uses the ideas of others too. Notifications shade anyone.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:05 1

65. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


If you had the superior product (on the inside) and the name recognition what would you care if another company made a phone that looked like yours. Why would you care?
If Samsung was selling this 'lookalike' phone on contract for 49 dollars and Apple was losing all its business then yeah sue them. But Samsung is selling a 'lookalike' phone with better specs and better components for mostly the same price, that is why Apple is scared

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 04:51 4

6. qphase (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


You konw what? this thing with Apple is annoying..something must be done, people stop buying iphones, ipads etc NOW!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 04:52 3

7. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Don't think isheep care about apple suing others.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 16:58

102. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


we dont Peter.. is being said since day one... as long as Apple puts out great products that hold value and that turns head.... I am good.. I get none of that money so... they can do whatever they want... and so can I

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:41 2

32. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I think I am going to go out and buy three iPads and convince everyone I know on twitter to buy an iPad to rub it in the face of Andrones.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:47 2

34. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


i don't think you have the funds for that.
Sell your nokia 1100, and you still won't have enough :)
Don't worry, i'll mail you a free Galaxy Tab 10.1 :) it's better :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 18:55

114. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


lol bro give up the miz act, we all know you're not him, otherwise you would not hate rap music, cos it's your entrance theme.
yep... you ARE the miz ;)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:34

59. box (unregistered)


Please, we all know that twitter-bots aren't real people, and therefore couldn't buy anything. That's presuming you even have any twitter-bots following you...

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 20:41 1

119. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im pretty sure your mom will just use one of your 3 ipads, miz. who are your other 2 friends on twitter? lol

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 00:45 1

125. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well that would be for his 2 friends he got. Imaginary friends. I bet Apple has an app for that as well.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 05:36 2

9. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


All the people in the World must stop buying Apple products, if rotten Apple do not drop all lawsuits and ban Samsung from selling in your country. All people must go on strikes against Apple for anti-competition on Samsung.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 17:00

103. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow all the people in the world... dude please go to the doctor... you are saying just nonsense......

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 05:36 2

10. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple is just saying to the world that the galaxy line of samsung is better than any apple product

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