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Apple is appealing a Tokyo ruling that got Samsung off the hook on patent infringement just after the fruity firm won big in the US.

A week after Apple's epic infringement win in California, the Tokyo District Court said that Samsung wasn't violating a Cupertino patent for synching music and video data with servers and ordered the iPhone-maker to pay the costs of the lawsuit. Apple is now appealing the decision, a court spokesperson in Japan told Bloomberg.

Samsung and Apple were once uneasy friends but are now all-out arch-nemeses as their patent battles rage across the globe and the fruity firm slowly but surely disentangles itself from the Korean company's manufacturing clutches.

The electronics group used to be a big chip-provider for Apple's iDevices, but the firm has been shifting that responsibility to other manufacturers. At the same time, Apple is also severing ties with Google, maker of the Android OS in Samsung's phones that so annoys the company, most recently dumping Google Maps out of its mobes.

At the moment, it seems like Apple has taken the lead in the courtroom wars: mostly since it won over $1bn in damages in a jury trial in the US, a sizeable market for Sammy goods. However, that suit too is facing an appeal. ®

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