Apple gets a sales ban on Samsung smartphones found to infringe on its utility patents

Apple gets a sales ban on Samsung smartphones found to infringe on its utility patents
US District Judge Lucy Koh has ordered Samsung to stop selling a number of Android smartphones that were previously found to infringe on Apple utility patents. At large, Samsung has already stopped selling the smartphones in question, but it appears that this ruling might have deeper implications for future patent infringement cases.

The Samsung smartphones that are now banned in the US include the Galaxy Nexus, the original Galaxy Note and the Note 2, the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, the Stratosphere, and the Samsung Galaxy S3. Launched back in 2012, the latter is the most recent phone in the list.

Back in May 2014, a jury found that some of Samsung's Android smartphones infringe on at least two out of three Apple utility patents that cover quick links, slide-to-unlock, and automatic word correction. Samsung was ordered to pay $119.6 million, but Apple had failed to get an injunction on Samsung's smartphones.

Throughout the entire Apple vs Samsung court war, the Cupertino-based manufacturer often sought to obtain a US sales ban on Samsung smartphones found to be infringing on its utility patents. Until recently, judge Lucy Koh argued that Apple has failed to demonstrate that it will be irreparably harmed if Samsung is allowed to sell its patent-infringing handsets. 

The narrative quickly changed back in September when the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sent the case back to court arguing that Samsung should be slapped with an import ban, statements echoed by judge Lucy Koh in today's filling:

While it may seem unimportant that Samsung was banned from selling that have largely disappeared from the US market, there are deeper implications to consider. In essence, there are worries that today's ruling will give more power to patent holders and the so-called patent trolls.

Earlier today, Samsung has received the support of multiple tech giants, all of which urged the US Supreme Court to reform patent law as to fit the modern context. Modern smartphones are covered by as much as 250,000 patents, and if one patent infringement is enough to warrant a sales ban, then patent holders could have a lot more leverage when patent agreements are negotiated.

source: CNET



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Damn Sammy Quit Stealing s**t LOL.

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Sammy you go girl!

17. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why should they be the only ones?

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Every Oem Should Quit Doing Cause They All Eventually Get Caught.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's impossible to make a smartphone that doesn't infringe some nebulous, over broad patent that never should have been awarded in the first place.

26. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Right! Slide to unlock isn't an invention. See this: LMAO

28. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True LOL.

30. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yet, Sammy gets sued over it... CRAZY and HILARIOUS.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1548; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

We def need patent reform.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


23. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because companies are able to get patents on things that don't deserve patent protection, like ideas that already exist, just adding "on a computer" to an existing idea, a patent that covers a broad idea rather than a specific implementation, obvious ideas our extensions of such, etc... The Apple slide to unlock is a prime example. It was a concept that existed on a phone before the iPhone (stolen), and it was worded so as to cover any gesture accompanied by any animation on the display. Apple even argued in court that a tap is just a zero length slide, so it infringes their patent. It's absurd, and it's damaging to innovation.

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm not being mean but I didn't read your post cause I was kidding, sorry you went through the trouble.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I still have a Skyrocket. It's my backup backup phone (Nly use in case of emergency).

4. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Wait, Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung doesn't stop selling phones.......that it has already stopped selling?? ^^^^^^^Baldilocks is correct. Patent reform is needed.

19. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

In addition to that how will apple suffer irreparable harm from the fact Samsung phones slide to unlock and have correction for typos? It's just madness! The judge was right originally but is clearly sick of all this so just agreed to ban the no longer relevant phones but it is indeed a dangerous precedent to set.

5. Adimane01

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Just a query. All of our keyboard nowadays have auto correction does that mean all OEMs pay patent royalties for it to Apple?? And slide to unlock feature was present in early Sony Mobiles too I have seen Xperia E, M and many others employing exact same feature why aren't they pointed out??

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its kinda redundant since USPTO have LOTS of autocorrect patent the earlier is from 1990 ( ) and slide to unlock is already exist since middle age (Latches & Bolts) agree with above that USPTO need patent reform, to avoid any future patent troll

24. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Slide to unlock also already existed on a phone beefier the iPhone, the Neonode N1m.

6. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Note 2 is the newest device, not the Galaxy S3.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Moral of the story If Apple borrows from Android, it's called ''inspiration'' If Android or any OEM borrows from Apple, it's called ''stealing''

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

If Apple steals from others, it's called "Innovation"

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 746; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If android abandoned it. Apple will revive it. Just like the fingerprint sensor on the home button or the 3d force touch technology which apple re-innovate the existing technology. And now android follows it via android update.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Stealing is stealing, no matter how you try top rationalize it.

15. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

base on what you say, Apple become the most innovative company in the world

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Furthermore, when Apple iPhone 4S gets a sales ban, it receive a presidential pardon. Apple in really made in America, at least the people running the company.

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

ZOMG those corners look the same as those corners, I can't tell the difference between the two

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe in that part of world, people usually goes to physical store and ask "I need a white phone with rounded corners.. did u have one?" and store clerk give him Galaxy S3, and of course he didnt read the box that saying SAMSUNG GALAXY S3, and think its the same phone with rounded corner as everyone use.... with that logic, it will harm for Apple sales since people can possible buy the wrong device.. but with normal logical healthy human logic.... well, u know the answer

11. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Just lolling @ sales ban on obsolete products.

25. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Apple steals and copies all the time, and if the US courts and patent office weren't so corrupt Apple would be bankrupt by now.

27. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not only corrupt, but biased too. Since Apple is a U.S company.

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