Apple appeals Samsung patent getaway in Tokyo
Cupertino's Sam-a-rama ding-dong rages on
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. ®
Re: Not yet a win
It should more precisely be referred to as a loss for consumers and common sense.
Not yet a win
Can you stop referring to the Apple Samsung case as a win for Apple. They may be in the lead heading into extra time but the final result is not yet in and the ref may well decide it needs to be replayed.
I can imagine the appeal exchange:
Apple: "How can you deny us a win here after we won in California?!"
Tokyo Court: "What does a ruling in the United States have to do with Japan?"
Apple: "It should set precedent in all US states..."
Tokyo Court: "Japan is not a US state..."
Apple: "Is the court certain of that? And is the court willing to risk...thermonuclear war to prove it?!"
Tokyo Court: "That red, Apple-shaped button in your brief case isn't even connected to anything! I charge you with contempt of court!"
Apple: "And I charge you with contempt of Apple!"