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Japanese court sides with Apple by rejecting injunction

A Tokyo district court has dismissed an injunction filed by Samsung Electronics against Apple, finding no patent infringement as claimed by the Korean company, a Japanese daily reported Saturday.

According to the Asahi Shimbun, the court rejected Samsung’s injunction on Sept. 14 and again on Oct. 11.

Samsung, the world’s largest supplier of smartphones, claimed Apple’s iPhone had violated its patents on technologies related to the phone’s flight mode and downloading of mobile applications.

The court found that the iPhone’s flight mode and downloading systems were different from Samsung’s patented technologies.

The ruling is one of the latest developments in a prolonged global battle between Samsung and Apple.

A Korean court on Aug. 24 ruled that the world’s two top smartphone makers infringed each others’ patents, but on the same day, a U.S. court ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion in damages for violating six patents held by the U.S. firm.

The companies are also locked in legal battles in other countries including Germany, with Samsung recently adding Apple’s latest iPhone 5 to its ongoing patent suit.

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