Samsung gets three-month reprieve from US sales ban


Samsung gets three-month reprieve from US sales ban

Warwick Ashford

Samsung is able to keep all its products on sale in the US for at least another three months after Apple’s application for a ban on some product sales was rescheduled.

Apple plans to apply for a ban on 24 Samsung products including eight smartphones, after winning a patent battle against the South Korean company in a California court.

The hearing for the injunction against the sale of products named in the patent suit was initially expected to take place on 20 September, but has now been postponed to 6 December.

Instead, Samsung will use the court date to apply to have the injunction lifted against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which the jury found did not infringe on any Apple patents, according to the Telegraph.

Earlier this week, Samsung vowed to take all "necessary measures" to keep its products on sale after being hit by a $1bn fine for copying key elements of the Apple iPhone.

The South Korean firm was also immediately hit by a $12bn loss in market value as investors withdrew support.

But Samsung plans to apply to have the damaging verdict set aside. This will take place on 6 December, alongside Apple’s application for an injunction against Samsung’s patent infringing products.

US District Judge Lucy Koh, who presided at the patent trial, will hear arguments from both sides.

Analysts believe Apple has a good chance of securing the ban, but the blow for Samsung will be softened by the fact that eight of the smartphones involved are no longer bestsellers in the US.

However, legal experts have warned that Apple could push for a ban on Samsung's bestsellers, including the Galaxy S3 smartphone.

This could have a significant impact on the South Korean firm as the US accounted for around 12% of Samsung's handset sales last quarter.

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