By Vamien McKalin | Jun 22, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
The battle between Apple and Samsung does not seem to be easing up any time soon, as both companies are suing and countersuing each other into oblivion. The latest battle took place in Japan, and as it turns out, Apple came away as the victor, leaving Samsung to contemplate on whether or not the company should appeal the ruling.
A Tokyo court ruled in favor of Apple where the bounce-back patent is concerned, according to a Reuters report. Apple claimed Samsung had mimicked the feature and placed it in its line of Android devices. To regular users, that doesn't seem like much for one company to get into a fight with another, however, with things getting ever so heated between Apple and Samsung, both parties are willing to use whatever means to win this battle.
Samsung has already changed its user interface by adding a blue line at the end of each documents to fall in line with the court's decision.
It is understood that before the Japanese court handed down its ruling, he U.S. Patent and Trademark office had rendered Apple's bounce-back patent as invalid, which allowed older Samsung devices with the feature to remain on sale. Still, that was not the end of that battle, as the U.S. agency later pointed out that some aspects of the bounce-back feature are actually patentable, according to information from Apple documents.
We're expecting Samsung to appeal, but then again, since the court is not asking the Korean giant to pay Apple any damages, Samsung might just leave this in the wind and focus on other more important aspects of its battle with Apple.
It would be nice to see Apple and Samsung come to terms and end this squabble, but as it stands, that seems unlikely.
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