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Japanese court rejects Samsung request to ban Apple iPhones, iPads

Samsung this week failed in its bid to have Apple products pulled from the shelves in Japan.

As reported by Bloomberg, the Tokyo District Court found that Samsung had not made good faith efforts to negotiate patent licensing deals with Apple. Samsung also can't seek damages from Apple, Bloomberg said.

"We are disappointed by today's court decision," Samsung said in a statement. "Following a thorough review of the ruling, we will take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights."

The Korean company's licensing tactics have landed it in hot water with regulators lately. In December, the European Commission accused Samsung of patent abuse in its dealings with Apple. The Department of Justice in the US is reportedly investigating Samsung for the same thing.

Samsung has had some success in Japan before, though. Back in August, a three-judge panel in Tokyo ruled that Samsung did not infringe on an Apple patent claim covering the syncing of video and music data with devices to servers. Led by judge Tamotsu Shoji, the panel rejected Apple's request for damages related to the alleged infringement, which would have amounted to 100 million yen (approximately £711,000).

The patent battle between Apple and Samsung in Japan dates back to 2011. In September 2011, Apple filed suit in Tokyo District Court, requesting a ban on Samsung Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets. A month later, Samsung asked the same court to ban the iPhone 4, 4S, and iPad 2.

Samsung, meanwhile, made headlines yesterday after patent blogger Florian Mueller said in a blog post that Samsung had hired a retired UK judge who was part of a decision that forced Apple to publicly declare that Samsung had not copied the design of the iPad with its Galaxy Tab tablets.

Samsung, however, said Sir Robin Jacob was hired to testify as a legal expert in a separate case. "Sir Robin Jacob is not a legal representative of Samsung Electronics," a Samsung spokeswoman said. "A highly reputed intellectual property expert and academic, Sir Robin has been contracted as an expert by a law firm that represents Samsung Electronics in its case against Ericsson."