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Court tells Apple no speedy appeal on Samsung ban

Must wait for its day in appeals court
Tue Feb 05 2013, 16:10
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A US APPEALS COURT has given a firm 'No' to Apple's request to speed up its appeal seeking to ban sales of Samsung smartphones.

This latest twist of the case sees Apple being denied an expedited appeal of a US District Court's rejection of a ban on sales on Samsung devices. Instead the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that handles appeals of patent cases told the fruit themed firm that it will have to wait its turn to have its appeal heard, after losing a bid for a permanent injunction last year.

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh made the ruling, according to Reuters, less than a week after she told Apple that it was going to have to make do with $1bn in damages.

We asked Samsung what it has to say about this. The company's answer is that it's nothing new. In fact the South Korean firm trotted out a gnarled statement from last year relating to a different process.

"We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that patent law must not be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies," said a Samsung spokesperson.

"We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products for American consumers."

Apple has not responded to our request for comment. µ


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