FOR THE THIRD TIME, Apple has failed to gain court approval for a ban on sales of Samsung smartphones after San Jose US District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied the Cupertino company's latest motion.
Bloomberg reported the court's denial of the Samsung sales ban, which followed findings by a jury in May that both firms infringed each other's patents on smartphone features like rounded corners on rectangular devices and drop-down lists that visually 'bounce' when you scroll to the end.
In its latest request, Apple asked the court to ban sales of the Samsung Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3 and Stratosphere devices within the US.
Judge Koh had twice previously declined to order a sweeping ban on sales of Samsung devices in the US, and she did so again on Wednesday, deciding that Samsung's patent infringement hadn't caused 'irreparable' damage to Apple that couldn't be remedied by payment of monetary damages. This was one of the elements that Apple had to establish in order to win the draconian sanction of a complete ban on sales of Samsung devices.
Apple and Samsung have started to wind down their numerous hard-fought legal battles over patents, having recently decided to drop their patent lawsuits outside the US. The firms have decided not to pursue claims against each other in the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, France and Italy.
Neither Apple or Samsung commented on the ruling. µ