Apple Wins Japan Ruling Versus Samsung on Patent Infringement

Apple Inc. won’t have to pay damages to Samsung Electronics Co. and didn’t infringe on patents for certain products, a Tokyo District Court said today.

Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa said Apple’s iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 don’t infringe on data communication patents of Samsung, according to a statement from the court.

Samsung and Apple, the world’s two biggest smartphone makers, have each scored victories in patent disputes fought over four continents since the maker of the iPhone accused Asia’s biggest electronics maker of “slavishly copying” its devices. The companies are competing for dominance of a global mobile market that shipped more than 1 billion devices last year.

“We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Samsung said in an e-mailed statement earlier today. “Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal.”

Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the ruling.

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