While the Tokyo District Court may have sided with Samsung in the Japanese lawsuit from Apple over copyright infringement, however that was not the case this past weekend when it was revealed that the South Korean tech giant was appealing to have all iPhone sales stopped in Japan. Samsung’s Japanese patent infringement lawsuit against Apple was centered on technology used in the iPhone 4 and 4S models.
The Tokyo District Court rejected Samsung‘s claims in two separate cases over the last month. On September 14th the court said that Apple’s technology used in the iPhone for the downloading of applications was sufficiently different enough from Samsung’s, and they turned down the sales injunction request. But Samsung quickly came back for another try on October 11th with complaints against Apple‘s use of “airplane mode,” which makes devices safe to be used in-flight by turning off all use of radio frequencies. The Tokyo court felt this feature wasn’t a new enough innovation, but rather and extension of previous advances. Thus, Samsung was denies once more.
Samsung may have been pushing their luck a little too much after their August victory that saw the court deciding the company’s Galaxy devices were not in infringement of the several patents Apple was suing over. The decision made headlines as just a week prior Apple had won its claims in the California courts, forcing Samsung to pay up more than $1 billion in damages. Apple has recently filed for an appeal in its Tokyo case however, hoping to get another crack at its largest rival in the mobile device market.[via The Register]