284 posts and columns on Japan
Apple on Tuesday rolled out an incremental update to its iBooks application, one that transforms the Japanese version of the iBookstore into a true bookstore, not just a repository of public domain content. The new version, iBooks 3.1, includes hundreds of thousands of Japanese language titles, thanks to some new publishing-house distribution deals we reported on back in January.
News Bytedo not infringe a Samsung patent on wireless transmission technology, and that the Korean company has no right to seek damages against Apple, let alone a sales ban. Samsung said it was “disappointed that our argument was not accepted by the court.”
News Bytethe Nikkei that Microsoft intends to bring Surface RT to Japan in March, a move that will pit the Microsoft-designed device against competing offerings from local manufacturing partners like Sony and Fujitsu.
News Byteappealed to the Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo a District Court ruling that found Samsung did not infringe its patent on a means of synchronizing music and video on mobile devices. Apple first sued Samsung in Japan last year seeking $1.3 million in damages for violation of its intellectual property. It lost, and its request for an injunction against eight models of Galaxy products in the country was rejected.
News Byteranked by the Nikkei as the top consumer brand in Japan, the first time it has ever been so honored. In the publication’s survey of 52,000 consumers, Apple captured an overall “brand power” score of 90.5 percent, elevating to it first place in 2012, from 11th place in 2011. In doing so, it bested not only Google, but Uniqlo, YouTube and Disney.