“Apple Inc. lost its appeal in a Japan lawsuit claiming that Samsung Electronics Co. infringed a patent for synchronizing music and video data on its Galaxy smartphones and tablets with servers,” Takashi Amano and Naoko Fujimura report for Bloomberg News.

“The ruling at the Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo upheld an earlier decision in favor of Samsung,” Amano and Fujimura report. ” In August, the Tokyo District Court rejected Cupertino, California-based Apple’s claim that the Galaxy maker’s mobile devices infringe on a synchronization invention… Last week, the Tokyo District Court upheld Apple’s separate claim that Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung infringed on the way an iPad or iPhone screen seems to bounce when a user scrolls to the bottom. The court in February rejected Samsung’s request to suspend sales of iPhones and iPads in the nation.”

Amano and Fujimura report, “Shipments of tablet computers in Japan more than doubled to 5.68 million units in the year ended March, according to Tokyo-based MM Research Institute Ltd. Apple controlled 53 percent of the market, while Samsung ranked fifth with 4.3 percent, the researcher said last month… Smartphone shipments rose 4 percent to 6.81 million units in Japan during the first three months of 2013, according to research company IDC. Apple had 40 percent of sales, while Samsung didn’t rank in the top five, the researcher said last week.”

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