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US judge rejects Apple request to ban Samsung sales

Caroline Baldwin

A judge in the US has denied Apple’s request to ban sales of Samsung smartphones that Apple claims violated its patents.

The decision was made due to the lack of evidence to prove the infringed patents had hurt Apple's US sales.

“The phones at issue in this case contain a broad range of features, only a small fraction of which are covered by Apple’s patents. Though Apple does have some interest in retaining certain features as exclusive to Apple, it does not follow that entire products must be forever banned from the market because they incorporate, among their myriad features, a few narrow protected functions,” said District Judge, Lucy Koh

"Especially given the lack of causal nexus, the fact that none of the patented features is core to the functionality of the accused products makes an injunction particularly inappropriate here.”

Earlier this year, Samsung lost a high-profile court battle over patents which led to a $12bn loss in market value for Samsung as investors withdrew support. Samsung was also ordered to pay $1bn damages to Apple.

The US court then decided to review the jury’s decision to award Apple the damages in the patent dispute.

Samsung wanted the verdict overturned or the damages reduced, while Apple wanted to increase the amount and ban some of Samsung’s devices.

In a different patent battle in the UK, Apple also lost against Samsung. The UK court told Apple to put a statement on its website explaining to customers that Samsung had not infringed iPad patents. Apple appealed the ruling but lost and the company published an open letter it claimed adhered to the court’s request.

However, the statement included details of other cases Apple was taking out against Samsung across the globe. The judges involved in the initial case told Apple they were unhappy with what it had done and called the statement “non-compliant” with its ruling. They told Apple the statement needed to be reworded, published in a larger font and be present on the homepage.


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