While Apple may have won a major victory in the United States against Samsung in its ongoing, never-ending patent war, the company has not been so lucky in other parts of the world. Adding to its column of losses is a new ruling in Japan where the courts there sided with Samsung.
A Tokyo judge ruled today that Samsung’s devices do not violate an Apple patent related to synchronizing media files between devices. Apple had asked the court in Japan for $1.3 million in damages from Samsung. To make matters worse for Apple, the court ordered Apple to pay Samsung's legal fees related to the case. Ouch.
Naturally Samsung applauded the court's decision:
"We welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property. We will continue to offer highly innovative products to consumers, and continue our contributions towards the mobile industry’s development."
The decision in Japan follows a terrible setback last week in a California court, which ruled that Samsung's devices had violated Apple's iPad patents and ordered the company to pay $1 billion. Earlier in the year a UK court ruled that Samsung's devices did not infringe on Apple's patents and that those consumers who paid attention could tell the difference between Samsung's Android-based tablet products and Apple's.