Apple Sues Samsung To Ban Sales In Japan

Apple has filed lawsuit against Samsung in Japan, accusing Samsung for violating patents relating to the iPhone and iPad and demanding 100m yen ($1.3m) in damages along with a ban on sales. The lawsuit has been filed in Tokyo District Court, Apple is asking court to ban the sales of Galaxy S and its sequel S II smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7 in Japan………………..

Apple is seeking to ban sales of some Samsung Electronics gadgets in Japan, accusing its rival of violating patents relating to the iPhone and iPad, the latest salvo in a series of patent battles between the two companies. Apple has filed a suit with the Tokyo District Court seeking the suspension of sales of Galaxy S and its sequel S II smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7 in Japan. Samsung has been locked in a battle with Apple over smartphone and tablet patents since April. The Galaxy gadgets are seen as among the biggest challengers to Apple‘s mobile devices, which have achieved runaway success. Apple has said the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets slavishly copied the iPhone and iPad and it has sued the Korean firm in the United States, Australia and Korea as well as Europe. Samsung filed a suit against Apple in Japan in April and Apple countersued on August 23 and Apple is seeking 100 million yen ($1.3 million) in damages, as well as the sales ban, according to Kyodo news agency. Samsung’s Galaxy S outsold Apple’s iPhone in Japan in January-March and a spokesman for the Tokyo District Court said he could not comment on pending cases. Samsung said it would delay the launch of its latest Galaxy tablet computers in Australia until after a court ruling in late September and a German court banned sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. Japan’s top mobile carrier NTT Docomo launched Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 on its high-speed LTE network. “We have heard from Samsung that it’s all right,” NTT Docomo President Ryuji Yamada told reporters at the launch when asked about the patent battles. “At this point we don’t think it will harm our sales.”



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