Apple v Samsung Case: iPhone Maker Seeking Ban Of Competitor's Products Following Mixed Verdict On Patent Infringement
Another court case recently concluded between Apple and Samsung, but now the former wants to inflict further damage upon its rival. Samsung was found guilty of infringing on several Apple patents, and now the iPhone maker wants the Samsung products that employ the technology in those patents banned from sale.
Apple was granted $119 million in damages in the court trial over several patents earlier this month, but that was much less than the company was seeking. Apple hoped to win at least $2.2 billion in the case, and is now following up to ensure Samsung can't do more harm to its business by continuing to sell the products that use the relevant patents. According to CNET, Apple has filed the papers to get that process started.
The features in question that Samsung was found guilty of illegally using are quick links, slide to unlock, and automatic word correction. Apple wants the sale of Samsung products using one, two, or all of these features banned from sale, before "irreparable harm" is done to Apple, something the company's lawyers say could not be replaced with monetary fines. Presumably, Apple is referring to the consumer base, market share, and brand power Samsung would be gaining by selling products that use these features.
The list of affected devices is long, including the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and Stratosphere phones. Preferably for Apple, devices not created at the time of the case, and future devices, would also be included in the ban. Apple has failed in two previous bids to ban Samsung products from sale via rulings by Judge Lucy Koh.