Judge Hasegawa found that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPad 2 didn’t infringe on Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) patents related to intellectual property.
Apple’s latest win is a blow for Samsung
This latest ruling is another big win for the Cupertino-based tech giant. In the past few years, Apple and Samsung have spent an adequate amount of time in court. Apple claims Samsung stole patents and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) claims the same allegations against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
MacObserver’s Jeff Gamet explained, “Samsung hasn’t fared well in its mobile device patent infringement fight with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) around the world. While it has scored a few small victories, it hasn’t managed to match Apple’s ongoing winning streak, which includes a landslide ruling in U.S. District Court in 2012. In that case, the court ruled Samsung infringed on a long list of Apple patents, and ultimately awarded the iPhone maker over US$900 million in damages. Today’s win in Japan is yet another setback for Samsung and has to sting as it prepares for its second major U.S. patent infringement trial with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The two are set to start their trial soon, and it looks like it won’t be as complicated as originally thought. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has agreed to drop several patents from its complaint, and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) agreed to drop its counter complaints, which should help both sides stay within the time guidelines the Judge overseeing the case has imposed.”
Battle between Apple and Samsung intensifies
The battle between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) is nowhere near ending anytime soon. The iPhone represents just 15% of all shipped mobile phones, yet it still gets about 40% of the revenue and 60% of industry profits. Samsung accounts for about 50% of shipped units and 50% of revenue. The company also accounts for about 40% of profits. Together both companies take home nearly 100% of industry profit from mobile phones.