Apple appeals loss against Samsung in Japan

After being handed a loss in late August, the Cupertino company is seeking an appeal in its case against Samsung in Japan.

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More than a month after losing one of its patent cases against Samsung in Japan, Apple has filed for an appeal.

Bloomberg reports that Apple has filed the necessary paperwork in the hopes of reversing a Tokyo judge's decision that Samsung's smartphones and tablets do not infringe on Apple's patents.

That decision, issued August 31, came just days after Apple won big over Samsung in its first major U.S. case against the company. The aftermath of that, which has yet to truly shake out, puts Samsung on the hook for $1.05 billion in damages and threatens to ban a number of devices for sale in the U.S., though it's also likely destined for an appeal. Samsung has already requested a new trial.

Apple originally filed its suit last August, taking aim at Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Tab 7, accusing those devices of infringing on its patents covering synchronizing music and video to servers.

The case is just one of many between the two companies, which kicked off in April of last year with a U.S. lawsuit by Apple. It has since extended the battle with lawsuits and sales ban attempts across the globe. The results of the scuffle are under close watch given the business relationship between the two companies, wherein Apple spends billions each year on components including memory, displays, and processors.