Samsung may have lost its war with Apple in California, but it's winning small battles elsewhere. Following the company's recent victory in its home nation of South Korea, a Tokyo court has ruled in its favor in Japan. The Nikkei reports that Apple's case dealt with a patent covering the syncing of media files between devices, and eight Galaxy products sold by NTT Docomo and KDDI were alleged to have infringed.

Apple was seeking ¥100 million (about $1.275 million) in damages and an injunction against sales, but the judge ultimately found in Samsung's favor after the company argued it was using different technology. It's a minor step in the two companies' global dispute, but it underlines the fact that neither side is likely to lay down for a long time.

Samsung provided The Verge with the following statement:

We welcome the court's decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple's intellectual property. We will continue to offer highly innovative products to consumers, and continue our contributions towards the mobile industry's development.