Apple Sues Samsung in Japan over Alleged iPhone, iPad Patent Violations

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Recently, Apple and Samsung have been involved in lawsuits regarding many patent disputes. Today, Reuters reports that Apple has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court. Apple has asked the government to ban sales of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Tab 7 in Japan. The first hearing on the case was held on Wednesday, according to a source.

In April, Samsung first sued Apple in Japan. Apple reportedly responded with a countersuit that was filed on August 23, in which it seeks 100 million yen, or $1.3 million, in damages in addition to the bans. Also, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not included in the latest suit, launched in Japan with carrier NTT Docomo.    The president of the carrier told reporters that he was told by Samsung that they were able to proceed with sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Earlier this week, Apple successfully got Samsung to pull the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from a German trade show floor after a court injunction forced Samsung to cease promoting its newly unveiled tablet.

Apple has accused Samsung of copying the look and feel of its iPad and iPhone devices. Samsung has also accused Apple of violating several patents of its own. In addition, Apple has also filed patent disputes against HTC.

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