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Japan appeals court rules for Samsung in Apple patent dispute

The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo [official website] on Tuesday ruled that Samsung did not infringe an Apple [corporate websites] patent regarding the synchronization of music and data on multiple devices. In so doing, the High Court affirmed the ruling [JURIST report] of the Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] last August. Neither company has issued an official statement in response to Tuesday's ruling. This development comes on the heels of last Friday's ruling in favor of Apple [JURIST report] regarding the scrolling bounce-back animation feature patent, in which a Japanese court found that Samsung infringed the patent. Apple has not yet indicated whether it will appeal last Friday's decision.

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in patent litigation in courts around the world [JURIST news archive]. Earlier this month, the US International Trade Commission [official website] issued a limited import ban [JURIST report] and a cease-and-desist-order against Apple for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after finding the devices violated a patent held by Samsung.

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