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Apple Wants 8 Samsung Phones Banned (So Far)

By - Source: CNET | B 89 comments

Eight Samsung phones are up for the North American Apple banhammer.

Now that Apple has its first Samsung defeat pinned to its chest like a medal of honor, the fruity iOS company is currently looking to strike another blow by having the enemy's infringing products banned here in the States. So far Apple has only listed eight out of the twenty-eight phones that were included in part of the case which ended on Friday.

According to CNET, the following phones are lined up at the chopping block: 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. 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.

A chart provided in Apple's filing on Monday shows that the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and the Galaxy S2 Epic 4G violates only one Apple patent: D'677 (Q5). The Galaxy Prevail and Galaxy S2 T-Mobile are next in line, violating three patents. The Galaxy S 4G and the Galaxy S Showcase were the only phones on the list violating Apple's trade dress.

In a memo sent to all employees, Samsung said that eventually the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation. "History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation," Samsung wrote.

On Friday Apple issued a statement after the verdict was given, saying that the lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. "They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy," Apple said.

On Friday a 9-person jury awarded Apple $1.051 billion USD in damages after deliberating for less than three days. Jurors were required to fill out a 20-page verdict form with answers to over 700 questions relating to the particulars of the case. Then on Monday Apple urged U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the four-week trial in San Jose, California, to ban the sales of the eight phones listed in its court filing.

Apple previously won a ban on U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet back in June. Samsung tried to have that lifted on August 26 after the jury determined that it didn't infringe on the Apple design patent on which the banning was based. Instead the jury determined that Android tablet infringed on three of Apple's software patents.

On Monday Google issued a statement, reporting that the court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. In other words, this particular battle isn't over by a long shot. "Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office," Google said. "The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."

All players are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. Heck, Captain Picard and Captain Janeway were using tablets long before Steve Jobs whipped out the iOS version in 2010. Even more, MGM should be suing Apple for stealing the tablet design from 2001: A Space Odyssey as Samsung tried to point out.

 

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    chuckydb , August 27, 2012 9:49 PM
    All I can say is: GO SAMSUNG!!!!!
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    jared_l , August 27, 2012 9:53 PM
    So is Apple gonna send someone to my house to forcefully take my Galaxy S2 out of my hands?
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    LukeCWM , August 27, 2012 10:07 PM
    LYONHARTSamsung should be shut down for blatantly copying Apple, and their CEO's arrested and sent to labor camps.


    DarkPGRGo Apple! Finally a well done veridict. Google should be shaking now too, both with fury and fear, since Android is little more than an iOS ripoff (and a really bad one at it).


    These Apple news stories are the best place to find amusing trolls. =D
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  • 53 Hide
    chuckydb , August 27, 2012 9:49 PM
    All I can say is: GO SAMSUNG!!!!!
  • 40 Hide
    jared_l , August 27, 2012 9:53 PM
    So is Apple gonna send someone to my house to forcefully take my Galaxy S2 out of my hands?
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    chibiwings , August 27, 2012 9:57 PM
    "They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy," - rotten values
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    LukeCWM , August 27, 2012 10:05 PM
    I'm going to patent the concept of putting more than 4 GB of RAM in a computer. This could be lucrative...
  • 37 Hide
    LukeCWM , August 27, 2012 10:07 PM
    LYONHARTSamsung should be shut down for blatantly copying Apple, and their CEO's arrested and sent to labor camps.


    DarkPGRGo Apple! Finally a well done veridict. Google should be shaking now too, both with fury and fear, since Android is little more than an iOS ripoff (and a really bad one at it).


    These Apple news stories are the best place to find amusing trolls. =D
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    jared_l , August 27, 2012 10:08 PM
    rb420Clearly banning the sale of the devices, not the devices themselves. No one gives a flying crap about you or your phone. Carry on.


    Hahhhh, Apple fanboys are everywhere! Down with Apple. The only thing Samsung is guilty of is taking their product and making it better.
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    twelch82 , August 27, 2012 10:09 PM
    chibiwings"They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy," - rotten values


    That's why "at Apple, we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." Oh, wait.
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    bak0n , August 27, 2012 10:10 PM
    The more I see this crap the more I want to take the short drive to Cupertino and punch someone in the face.
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    dalethepcman , August 27, 2012 10:11 PM
    Quote:
    They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation


    Yup, someone in Cupertino had an innovative idea inspired by "don't hate the player, hate the game" and decided to patent the idea of a rectangle, a tap, and flat surface. None of these are original, but the idea that a company can own them sure is.

    I would not be surprised to find some patent officers were bribed to allow these patents through.
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    boogalooelectric , August 27, 2012 10:13 PM
    Now lets see what happens when the Samsung suing Apple tril kicks off next year. Let see how Apple fares when they are no longer allowed to use/steal Samsung's patents. When that happens and if Apple is forced to give back the $1 billion + will it be a wash?

    What about if the courts decide to ban several Apple products that are found to infringe on Samsung?

    Will LYONHART and others come on here and praise Samsung for defending against Apples theft of their patents?
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    whiteodian , August 27, 2012 10:15 PM
    Anyone have an actual link to the specific patents Apple claims were stolen? I've been googling for a few minutes now, but perhaps that information hasn't been released. I'm trying to keep an open mind about this, but would like to know all of the facts.
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    spunkymunky , August 27, 2012 10:19 PM
    So now that prior precedence doesn't mean a thing for US patents, Apple is now working on patenting fire, the wheel, and sliced toast.
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    ricdiculus , August 27, 2012 10:27 PM
    Why must apple ruin it for everyone else??
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    Glacier , August 27, 2012 10:37 PM
    I'm with Samsung all the way. Apple is trying to dominate the market and send prices through the roof!
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    Camikazi , August 27, 2012 10:38 PM
    boogalooelectricNow lets see what happens when the Samsung suing Apple tril kicks off next year. Let see how Apple fares when they are no longer allowed to use/steal Samsung's patents. When that happens and if Apple is forced to give back the $1 billion + will it be a wash?What about if the courts decide to ban several Apple products that are found to infringe on Samsung?Will LYONHART and others come on here and praise Samsung for defending against Apples theft of their patents?

    Seems to me that is a defensive move on Samsung's part, kind of fighting fire with fire. If Apple goes through and gets Samsung phones banned Samsung will try and get every Apple product they can banned hoping to reach an agreement to allow both companies to sell phones. As for your question yes I will support Samsung if they try that since it will be pretty much the only way to force Apple to back down and not just try and ban every company they see as a threat instead of just making better products.
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    beayn , August 27, 2012 10:38 PM
    ricdiculusWhy must apple ruin it for everyone else??

    Because being the largest company in history isn't enough. They want to continue to expand by stomping out the competition instead of coming up with new ideas.
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