* Apple: Declines comment on Tokyo judgement
* Samsung: Verdict confirms IP doesn't infringe on Apple
* Samsung shares rise on ruling; Japanese carriers fall
TOKYO, Aug 31 A Tokyo court ruled on Friday that
Samsung Electronics' mobile devices did not violate
an Apple Inc patent involved in synching mobile devices
and computers, awarding the South Korean maker a victory a week
after it lost a bruising landmark patent case in the United
In rejecting Apple's suit, Tokyo District Court Judge
Tamotsu Shoji said Samsung's products did not infringe on the
U.S. firm's technological scope.
A U.S. federal jury found last week that Apple did not
infringe on any of Samsung's patents, while the South Korean
firm had copied key features of iPhone.
The same jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages and it
is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones
in the U.S. market.
"We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our
long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's
intellectual property," Samsung said in a statement following
the verdict from the Tokyo court.
A representative for Apple in Japan declined to comment.
In Seoul, Samsung shares were up 0.7 percent in a flat
A spokesman for NTT Docomo Inc declined to comment,
while a KDDI Corp spokeswoman said she did not see any
major impact from the decision. Both Japanese mobile carriers
sell the popular Samsung Galaxy series.
Shares in NTT Docomo last traded down 1.8 percent at a
2-week low, while KDDI was down 1.2 percent. Shares in local
rival Softbank Corp, the first Japanese carrier to sell
the iPhone and which doesn't sell the Samsung Galaxy line, were
down 1.1 percent.