Samsung has won the latest court battle in the international legal tussle with rival Apple over smartphones and computer tablets.
A court in Japan ruled on Friday that the South Korean electronics giant did not infringe on patents.
The technology in question related to transferring media content between devices.
Executives from both companies were present at the case in Tokyo which was filed in August.
Apple’s representative looked distinctly disappointed as he left the court. But some analysts think even a defeat can go in the US company’s favour.
“By suing Samsung, presenting the case and letting the media in on this, Apple wants to spread the impression that Samsung is a copy-cat and just that alone is advantageous for Apple”, said Tsuyoshi Uchida, from the Institute of Intellectual Property.
This was one of many cases being brought by the two companies around the world.
Earlier this month a US court ruled that Samsung had infringed Apple patents for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad.
Apple is now seeking a ban on the sale of eight leading Samsung phones in America.
The South Korean firm has said it will appeal against the decision.