Apple v Samsung – the saga continues in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California on Monday. Having been successful in their bid to convince U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California to impose two pretrial sales bans against Samsung’s product, Apple went to ask the court to impose a permanent sales ban against 26 mostly older Samsung phones, though any injunction could potentially have been extended to Samsung’s newer Galaxy products. The judge however denied Apple Inc’s request for a permanent injunction against Samsung Electronics‘ smartphones, depriving the iPhone maker of key leverage in the mobile patent wars. Judge Koh decided against the ban, claiming that the features Samsung had infringed upon were only “a small fraction” of the phones’ features.
Apple had been awarded $1.05 billion in damages in August after a U.S. jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad. The Samsung products run on the Android operating system, developed by Google.
Apple and Samsung are going toe-to-toe in a patents dispute that mirrors the struggle for industry supremacy between the two companies, which control more than half of worldwide smartphone sales.
Source: Reuters. Read more HERE.
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