After dismissing Apple's patent lawsuit, Tokyo court now snubs Samsung too
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 22, 2012, 5:32 AM
As part of its defense strategy, Samsung filed countersuits against Apple, where it sought infringement compensation over its own patents for downloading an app and for the airplane mode. It therefore asked the Japanese courts to ban the iPhone 4 and 4S from sales in the country - the iPhone 5 was just a blip in the radar at the time.
Now the Japanese have dismissed Samsung's claims, too, saying that Apple doesn't infringe on Samsung's patents either, and ditching the whole story altogether. The court said that Apple's way to download apps is different than what Samsung has patented, and that the airplane mode is just "an extension of past innovations". Perhaps the decision should serve as a lesson of judicial responsibility, unlike the home turf trials in the US and South Korea, where everyone ruled for their native teams, and we are waiting the appeals now.
This story is part of:Apple vs Samsung: patent war (27 updates)
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We need more courts like these who throw utter BS patent suits out.
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 5:36 AM 20
this is only showing them how childish these lawsuits have been from the very beginning......let the truth prevail.......nothing else
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 5:42 AM 9
Leave it to a country that doesnt make either the iS*ck or Samsung to actually shed some light on how stupid the whole patent wars really are. I wish the American company(Apple inc.) would take note and pull their heads out of their a**es!
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 2:33 PM 0
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I hope they don't patent phones that can shoot bullets...the world could be on a "mobile" war!!
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 6:07 AM 5
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All patent suits (irrespective of parties involved) should be thrown out into garbage can If the complainant loses (like in this case both lost) then they should be made to pay heavy fines to court for wasting time.
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 6:15 AM 3
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Give those companies taste of Indian courts.... with lawsuits lasting for years the companies would never dare to file any lawsuit again.
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 6:24 AM 8
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Looks like they get it in that court system over there, "an extension of past innovations" yeah that's what everyone needs to remember all phones today aren't designed from scratch these companies need to get back at making phones and providing apps with security and proper functioning
posted on Oct 22, 2012, 8:32 AM 3
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