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Tokyo court rules in favour of Samsung

Samsung has won the latest ruling in the on-going patent battle with Apple, after a court in Japan ruled in favour of the South Korean company.

Tokyo District Court today dismissed Apple’s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent.

Samsung welcomed the ruling that its technology to synchronise mobile players with computers did not infringe on Apple patents as confirming "our long-held position".

"We will continue to offer highly innovative products to consumers, and continue our contributions toward the mobile industry's development," the company said in a statement.

The Apple lawyer present at the court declined to comment and it was not immediately clear whether Apple would appeal.

In a session lasting a few minutes, Judge Tamotsu Shoji said he did not think Samsung products fell into the realm of Apple technology and dismissed the lawsuit, filed by Apple in August last year.

Apple is embroiled in similar legal squabbles around the world over whether Samsung smartphones, which relies on Google's Android technology, illegally used Apple designs, ideas or technology.

A jury in California ruled last week that Samsung products illegally used such Apple creations as the "bounce-back" feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a tap of a finger. The jury awarded Apple £1 billion in damages and a judge is now evaluating Apple's request to have eight Samsung products pulled from shelves and banned from the US market, including popular Galaxy model smartphones. Samsung's latest hit, Galaxy S3, was not part of the US ruling.

Today's ruling was the first held in Japan in the Samsung-Apple global court battle, but other technology is being contested by the two companies in separate legal cases in Japan

Apple products are extremely popular among Japanese consumers, but major Japanese carriers such as NTT DoCoMo sell Samsung smartphones as well. Japanese electronics maker Sony also makes smartphones similar to Samsung's, using Android technology.

Samsung has sold more than 50 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 smartphones around the world. The legal battle also involves Samsung's Tab device, which Apple claims infringes on patents related to the iPad tablet.

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