Apple Denied Permanent Ban on Samsung Smartphones

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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  • robthatguyx
    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.
  • kracker
    what the F**K APPLE?! What's wrong??

  • krowbar
    I can't believe they even tried that. <3 Samsung
  • kracker
    Apple=Insanely stupid
  • renz496
    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
  • burmese_dude
    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.
  • sunflier
    ...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.
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  • Jerky_san
    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..