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Apple Rains on Japan's LTE Tab Parade

9:00 AM -- On the same day that NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) took the wraps off its first two LTE tablets -- one of which is Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC)'s Galaxy Tab LTE 10.1 -- news emerged that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s patent infringement case against Samsung in Japan had its first hearing in a Tokyo court on Wednesday. (See Docomo Takes Two Tablets for LTE .)

Apple sued Samsung in Japan last month claiming iPhone and iPad patent infringements and reportedly wants ¥100 million (US$1.3 million) in damages as well as a ban on certain Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the country.

The court hearing in Tokyo is unfortunately timed for Docomo because the fate of its Samsung Galaxy LTE tablet now looks uncertain.

The patent battle between Apple and Samsung, as well as other Android device makers, has gone global. The "FOSS Patents" blog has a list of all the court cases between the two companies here.

And here's Light Reading Mobile's coverage of the latest smartphone patent plays:

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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