Hearing for Ban on Samsung Phones Set for December 6
Originally set for September 20, the court date has now been pushed to December.
Last Friday, Apple was handed a win in its patent infringement battle against Samsung and the company wasted no time in identifying the Samsung devices it hopes to see banned in the United States. Earlier this week, the Cupertino-based company listed a total of eight phones that it was seeking to have banned as a result of the ruling.
Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail were all named by Apple in a filing submitted on Monday. Out of the eight, the Galaxy S 4G was deemed the most offensive, violating two design patents, three utility patents, and two claims of trade dress.
All Things D reports that Apple has been handed a December 6 court date for its request for injunction against the devices listed above. Though the hearing had originally been set for September 20, this date will now deal with the preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which has been in place since June. Friday's judgement ruled that the tablet did not infringe upon Apple-owned patents, so Samsung is now aiming to have that injunction lifted.
Such a late hearing set for Apple's request for injunction against the eight Samsung devices it says infringes upon its patents will mean less of an impact for Samsung if Apple is successful. As All Things D points out, most of the devices are older phones. As more time passes and new phones are released, such a ban becomes less harmful.