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Samsung moves to dismiss Apple’s appeal in Japan

Samsung went before the Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo on Monday requesting that it dismiss Apple’s appeal of the August decision in favour of the Korean smartphone manufacturer. The parties appeared before Judge Shuhei Shiotsuki, with further arguments scheduled for March 21

Apple had asserted that Samsung infringed its patent involving the synchronisation of media content between a mobile device and a computer, and sought ¥100 million ($1.3 million) in damages. The Tokyo District Court returned a complete defence verdict and ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s court costs.

This patent dispute is just one battle in the so-called smartphone wars, the most notable being the $1.06 billion verdict awarded to Apple by a Northern California jury for infringement of Apple’s designs. On Tuesday, Judge Lucy Koh refused Apple’s request to increase the damage award, finding that Samsung’s infringement of three utility patents was not wilful.

The case before the Tokyo court did not involve Apple’s design patents. However, Apple has filed a separate lawsuit in Japan alleging that Samsung had infringed its designs.

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