Apple Appeals Tokyo Court’s Ruling for Samsung in Lawsuit

Apple Inc. (AAPL) appealed a Tokyo ruling that said Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t infringe on the iPhone maker’s patent as the world’s top two smartphone sellers continue their global legal dispute.

Apple appealed an Aug. 31 ruling by Tokyo District Court that said Samsung didn’t violate Apple’s invention of technology for synchronizing music and video data with servers, a court spokesman Yutaka Sakai said by phone today. Cupertino, California-based Apple was ordered by Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji at the time to pay costs of the lawsuit.

Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, and Apple have been suing each other over patent-infringement claims on four continents for more than a year since the U.S. company accused its rival and partner of copying some features of the iPhone and iPad. In August, Apple won more than $1 billion in damages in a jury trial in San Jose, California.

Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman for Apple in Beijing, couldn’t be reached immediately for comment. Nam Ki Yung, a Seoul-based spokesman for Samsung, said the company didn’t have immediate comment.

The two companies lead the global market for smartphones estimated by Bloomberg Industries to be worth $219 billion last year. They also maintain commercial ties where Samsung gets about 4 percent in revenue from selling chips and displays used in Apple products, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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