Apple Takes Samsung To Courts in Japan To Block Phone Sales

iPhone maker Apple has filed a patent infringement complaint against Samsung in Japan, as it continues to hound the company over iPad patent violations.

Apple is already battling Samsung in a number of countries in Europe and in Australia. The company tested success in Germany where it got the Galaxy Tab 10.1 temporarily banned in European nations. However, the ban was later lifted.

According to Reuters, the company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in the Tokyo District Court, asking the courts to ban Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets and is demanding 100 million Yen which comes out to $1.3 million, in damages.

Apple’s efforts to get the devices banned in Australia suffered a set-back when the judge suggested that Apple must prove that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab had a negative impact on the sales of the iPad in US and UK in order to strengthen its case.

This is recent in the line of lawsuits that tech companies have filed against each other for dominance over the smartphone maker. Apple is also battling HTC and Motorola in the courts over alleged patent infringement but also claimed recently that rivals were using litigation to hard competition.