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Apple wants to ban eight Samsung phones in US

After its $1bn patent victory
Tue Aug 28 2012, 10:57
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PATENT LITIGATOR Apple has wasted no time following its patent infringement victory over Samsung in seeking to ban sales of eight of the Korean firm's smartphones in the US.

Of course the $1bn in damages awarded on Friday wasn't enough, Apple now wants Samsung's Galaxy S2, Epic 4G, Skyrocket, Galaxy, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail taken down from shop shelves.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh hasn't yet ruled on the bans, but a hearing is scheduled for 20 September where she will consider Apple's request.

The filing comes after a jury found on Friday that Samsung's Android devices infringed patents related to Apple's devices and IOS operating system. The jury awarded Apple roughly $1bn in damages, according to reports from the San Jose, California courtroom.

That decision came just two days after both companies delivered their closing arguments and the jury began deliberations. Apple had originally sought at least $2.5bn in damages.

Apple claimed that Samsung's line of Android devices infringed its patents in areas ranging from the user interface and screen design to key hardware and design elements. The company flatly accused Samsung of "slavishly copying" its most successful products.

However, Samsung maintained that its products do not infringe Apple's patents and has said it will appeal the verdict.

"The verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices," Samsung said in a statement.

"This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple's claims."

Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung have begun to see the result of their patent lawsuit reflected in their share prices. Samsung shares dipped 7.5 per cent in Monday trading while Apple stock soared to $680.87 per share. µ

 

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