Samsung and Apple continue to trade jabs in their ongoing worldwide patent fistfight, but Japan’s most recent ruling gave Samsung the upper hand. The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo found that Samsung Electronics Co. did not infringe on an Apple Inc. synchronization patent.

Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and smartphones can synchronize video and music data with servers, and Apple claimed that this feature infringed its technology.

“We welcome the court’s decision, which reaffirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property,” Samsung told CNET. “We will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our highly innovative products to consumers in Japan.”

But as the patent war rages on, the tides could easily turn back in Apple’s favor. Just last week the Tokyo District Court handed Apple a victory, finding that Samsung infringed on a patent dealing with the “bounce” that happens when a user scrolls to the bottom of a screen on an iPad or iPhone.

Read more at CNET and Bloomberg.


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