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Samsung triumphs over Apple in new hearing

Tokyo court says that Samsung's smartphones do not violate patent; contrary to US ruling

Samsung triumphs over Apple in new hearing

A Tokyo court ruled on Friday that Samsung Electronics' mobile devices did not
violate an Apple Inc patent involved in synching mobile devices and computers,
awarding the South Korean maker a victory a week after it lost a bruising
landmark patent case in the United States.

In rejecting Apple's suit, Tokyo District Court Judge Tamotsu Shoji said
Samsung's products did not infringe on the US firm's technological

A US federal jury found last week that Apple did not infringe on any of
Samsung's patents, while the South Korean firm had copied key features of

The same jury awarded Apple $1.05bn in damages and it is now seeking
speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones in the US market.

"We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that
our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," Samsung said in a
statement following the verdict from the Tokyo court.

A representative for Apple in Japan
declined to comment.

In Seoul, Samsung shares were up 0.7 percent in a flat market.

A spokesman for NTT Docomo Inc declined to comment, while a KDDI Corp
spokeswoman said she did not see any major impact from the decision. Both
Japanese mobile carriers sell the popular Samsung Galaxy series.

Shares in NTT Docomo last traded down 1.8 percent at a 2-week low, while KDDI
was down 1.2 percent. Shares in local rival Softbank Corp, the first Japanese
carrier to sell the iPhone and which doesn't sell the Samsung Galaxy line, were
down 1.1 percent.

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