Samsung's Japanese iPhone block bid fails
Fruity phone remains on sale in Japan as court dismisses patent infringement claims
Apple’s global patent dispute with Samsung took another twist at the weekend after it was revealed a Tokyo court rejected a request by the Korean electronics giant for an injunction to stop all iPhone sales in Japan.
Samsung’s patent infringement claims revolved around technology used in the iPhone 4 and 4S for the downloading of apps and the airplane mode which turns off all radios so a device can be used in-flight.
However, Tokyo District Court rejected the claims on 14 September and 11 October, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun revealed.
The September case dealt with the app tech and the court ruled that Apple’s technology was sufficiently different to Samsung’s to throw out the injunction request. A month later, the court apparently decided that the patent infringement claim was invalid as the airplane mode feature wasn’t a new innovation as such but an extension of previous innovations.
Tokyo had been a reasonably happy hunting ground for Samsung until that time, after Judge Tamotsu Shoji ruled in August that Samsung’s Galaxy devices do not infringe a single Apple patent related to the synching of music and video data.
Unperturbed, Cupertino last week filed an appeal against this decision, which was something of a surprise coming just a week after Apple won big in California – although Samsung is appealing this decision and the $1bn+ in damages it was ordered to pay. ®
Given Apple have over $100bn in cash lying around under various mattresses, I suspect that this wasn't Sammy's objective in launching the proceedings.
One does have to wonder if the legal departments of both companies have some weird "performance related pay" incentive scheme resulting in all these suits being fired off all over the world.
maybe because we have been using a filled battery to represent the fullness of a battery, oh since before the iphone existed?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Palm-m505.jpg (note the battery, and that this image was uploaded before the iphone was released. So, why did apple need to steal the appearance from palm?)
as to why green, it's indicated safety since atleast the 1800s:
Of course, Apple likes to steal symbols from railroads, dont they?
The moment when you stop putting the customer first is the moment I take my business elsewhere.