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Apple Denied Permanent Ban on Samsung Smartphones

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U.S. judge denies Apple's attempt to apply sales ban on 26 Samsung devices.

A U.S. judge has denied Apple's request to ban numerous Samsung's devices from sale in the U.S.

Presiding over the week-long trial between the two technology giants, judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's bid for a permanent sales injunction on 26 Samsung products. She said that any infringing features were simply part of a larger feature set, consequently meaning a sales ban would be too broad.

"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," Koh said. "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."

A California jury had said back in August that 26 of Samsung's mobile devices infringed on several Apple patents, which saw the latter being awarded over $1 billion in damages -- a ruling that Samsung disputed due to alleged bias from the judge.

Although infringements were found, Koh explained in her ruling that a considerable proportion of the devices in question are no longer on sale, with those that were sported other features.

"It would not be equitable to deprive consumers of Samsung's infringing phones when, as explained above, only limited features of the phones have been found to infringe any of Apple's intellectual property," she added.

 

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  • 26 Hide
    alvine , December 18, 2012 4:02 PM
    Samsung>Apple
  • 25 Hide
    robthatguyx , December 18, 2012 4:06 PM
    apple is just becoming a big joke to the electronics community,there products are good but there not worth buying from a company that trys to sue over everything.
  • 23 Hide
    kracker , December 18, 2012 4:10 PM
    Apple=Insanely stupid
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  • 26 Hide
    alvine , December 18, 2012 4:02 PM
    Samsung>Apple
  • 25 Hide
    robthatguyx , December 18, 2012 4:06 PM
    apple is just becoming a big joke to the electronics community,there products are good but there not worth buying from a company that trys to sue over everything.
  • 8 Hide
    kracker , December 18, 2012 4:08 PM
    what the F**K APPLE?! What's wrong??

    Meh.
  • 13 Hide
    krowbar , December 18, 2012 4:08 PM
    I can't believe they even tried that. <3 Samsung
  • 23 Hide
    kracker , December 18, 2012 4:10 PM
    Apple=Insanely stupid
  • 22 Hide
    renz496 , December 18, 2012 4:10 PM
    i'm no fan of samsung but IMO Apple should compete more in the market to win more consumer not compete in the court so the consumer can't buy competitor product
  • 22 Hide
    burmese_dude , December 18, 2012 4:14 PM
    I should root for Apple; it's located right here in Cali, maybe just 30 to 45 mins drive from my house. If Apple does well, it's good for my state economy and for me indirectly.

    But hell no. Apple's acting a sore winner, retard. I can never root for Apple. Apple is making me for root Samsung that's located half way a cross the world.

    Look what you make me do, Apple. Stop acting like a horse's behind. Instead of paying lawyers, why don't you pay a little better to FoxConn, so they can improve working condition and pay a little better. "O no" whining bitching execs like Tim Cook at Apple said. We got to eliminate competition by way of banning their products, not competing.
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    sunflier , December 18, 2012 4:14 PM
    Quote:
    ...consequently meaning a sales ban would be too broad.


    In response to this beat-down Apple coughs up its claim it owns the 'Too Broad' patent.
  • 7 Hide
    Anonymous , December 18, 2012 4:17 PM
    U mad bro
  • 8 Hide
    Jerky_san , December 18, 2012 4:23 PM
    I gotta say.. I got a note 2 and was nervous it would be to big or something.. God I love it.. and I'm so happy I made the decision.. Battery life is incredible and so is the phone..
  • 13 Hide
    twelve25 , December 18, 2012 4:23 PM
    If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em.

  • 6 Hide
    john15v16 , December 18, 2012 4:24 PM
    Sweet! Now gaffle the ridiculous apple patent war...
  • 9 Hide
    5teviewonders , December 18, 2012 4:25 PM
    Apple behave like a spoilt child.
  • 2 Hide
    jhansonxi , December 18, 2012 4:32 PM
    When I shop for phones the reliability and cost matters more than the size of the manufacturer's legal team.
  • 9 Hide
    bak0n , December 18, 2012 4:32 PM
    If bad things happened to apple corp. I would not shed a tear.
  • 10 Hide
    jerm1027 , December 18, 2012 4:47 PM
    burmese_dudeI should root for Apple; it's located right here in Cali, maybe just 30 to 45 mins drive from my house. If Apple does well, it's good for my state economy and for me indirectly. But hell no. Apple's acting a sore winner, retard. I can never root for Apple. Apple is making me for root Samsung that's located half way a cross the world. Look what you make me do, Apple. Stop acting like a horse's behind. Instead of paying lawyers, why don't you pay a little better to FoxConn, so they can improve working condition and pay a little better. "O no" whining bitching execs like Tim Cook at Apple said. We got to eliminate competition by way of banning their products, not competing.

    Actually, Samsung has a campus in Mountain View. Also, they do flash/memory fab here in the states instead of outsourcing everything. In some respects, Samsung is more of the home team compared to Apple.
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    makaveli316 , December 18, 2012 5:13 PM
    Apple: "Did we ever tell you the definition of insanity?"...

    Judge: "Yeah, blah blah...DENIED!!!"
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    jonjonjon , December 18, 2012 5:38 PM
    makaveli316Apple: "Did we ever tell you the definition of insanity?"


    suing people over useless patients?
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    groundrat , December 18, 2012 5:48 PM
    I think Apple and Samsung have unwittingly come upon a new kind of profit sharing.

    They will be swapping settlements back and forth for years to come. Nothing will come of it and only the lawyers (and the consumer) will win.
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    chase3567 , December 18, 2012 5:57 PM
    The S3 and the Gnote 2 sent Apple over the edge. Both blew the Iphone 5 out of the water. With even the paid reviews (Cnet) Apple couldn't overcome it. My favorite with Cnet is they put the Gnote 2 in another category so they wouldn't have to compare it to the Iphone 5. The Gnote 2 is the best phone out now, it's the S3's big brother and Apple doesn't have an answer with the S4 around the corner.
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