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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: 4857; 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: 4857; 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: 4720; 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: 14255; 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: 520; 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: 22031; 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 (unregistered)


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

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:01 2

15. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; 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: 520; 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: 4857; 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: 4857; 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: 14255; 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

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