Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa ruled Apple's iPhone 4S, 4 and iPad 2 did not represent infringements on a data communications patent Samsung holds, according to Bloomberg. Samsung, a Korea-based company, had claimed those particular devices infringed its intellectual property. Samsung had requested Apple pay damages if it were found to be involved in intellectual property violation.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung and Apple have been involved in several patent disputes over four continents since Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly copying" its devices. The two companies are the world's biggest smartphone makers, and are competing for a huge global market.
"We are disappointed by the court's decision," Samsung wrote in an e-mailed statement, according to Bloomberg. "Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal."
Earlier in March, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple around $930 million in damages for intellectual property infringement, but Apple's request for a sales ban on Samsung products was denied. This lawsuit took place in the U.S. There will be another lawsuit forthcoming, as Apple has already started to make a case against Samsung, one including other devices like the Galaxy S III that Apple alleges represent patent violations. The companies failed to settle outside of court, according to GSM Arena.