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Monday, October 15, 2012, 03:30 pm PT (06:30 pm ET)

Apple appeals Japan court's pro-Samsung ruling in patent infringement suit

In Apple's ongoing worldwide patent litigation with Samsung, the company on Monday filed for an appeal of a Tokyo District Court ruling that said the Korean electronics giant did not infringe on certain utility patents.

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Apple is appealing an Aug. 31 decision that found Samsung did not violate a patent for synchronizing music and video with data servers, which brought a subsequent order for the Cupertino company to pay legal fees associated with the suit, reports Bloomberg.

The original ruling handed down by Judge Tamotsu Shoji found Samsung's Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy Tab, not in violation of Apple’s JP Patent No. 4,204,977.

At the time, Judge Shoji said, "It’s hard to believe the products belong to the range of technologies of the claimant,” and ordered Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit.

Apple filed its Japanese complaint against Samsung in 2011, seeking 100 million yen, or roughly $1.3 million, in damages on claims that the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab were in violation of the media syncing patent. Currently, Samsung's Galaxy lineup is sold by Japan's largest wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo.