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Samsung Electronics triumphs over Apple in Japan patents case

Samsung Electronics scored a legal victory over Apple in Japan as the companies wage a global battle over patents.

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A man plays a game on the Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 during a promotional sale at a shop in Phnom Penh last October. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Samsung Electronics today scored a legal victory over Apple as the tech giants continue to wage a global battle over patents relating to their smartphones and tablet computers.

A Japanese court ruled Samsung had not breached an Apple patent involved in syncing of mobile devices and computers, Reuters reported.

Bloomberg said Apple has been ordered to pay the costs of the legal action.

"We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property," Samsung said in a statement.

The latest ruling comes a week after a US jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for “willfully” breaching six of seven patents for mobile devices.

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A hearing has been set down for December 6, when the judge presiding over the case will hear Apple’s arguments for an injunction against the sale of Samsung mobile phones in the United States, the BBC reported.

The judge could also decide to triple the damages to more than $3 billion because the jury found the infringements were “willful.”

Apple filed paperwork on Monday to ban US sales of eight Samsung mobile phones.

A South Korean court ruled last Friday that Samsung and Apple had infringed on each other’s patents and awarded damages to both companies.

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