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Samsung Asks Judge to Conclude Patent Suit by Apple in Japan

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Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, asked a judge in Japan to dismiss Apple Inc.’s appeal in a patent-infringement case won by the South Korean company in August.

Samsung and Apple representatives made their first oral arguments before Judge Shuhei Shiotsuki at the Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo today. The next round will be held March 21, the judge said.

The case is one of dozens in which the world’s two largest smartphone makers are using their patents to try to force each other into changing products or removing some models from store shelves. They are fighting for increased share of a mobile device market that researcher Yankee Group expects to double to $847 billion by 2016.

In August, the Tokyo District Court ruled that Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung’s smartphones and a tablet computer didn’t infringe on an Apple invention for synchronizing music and video data with servers. Apple, the Cupertino, California-based maker of iPhones, claimed that the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S II infringed the patent on synchronization, and sought 100 million yen ($1.1 million) in damages, according to court documents.

To contact the reporters on this story: Naoko Fujimura in Tokyo at nfujimura@bloomberg.net; Takashi Amano in Tokyo at tamano6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net

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