Apple request to halt U.S. sales of Samsung Galaxy products denied

Apple request to halt U.S. sales of Samsung Galaxy products denied
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose refused to grant Apple's request to stop U.S. sales of Samsung Galaxy products. Specifically, the Cupertino based company was asking for a halt on sales of the Samsung Droid Charge, Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 tablet. The latter has been banned from sales in Germany and in Australia although that might be changing. A court in Australia reversed the ban, which has been extended until December 9th to determine if Apple can appeal the reversal. In Germany, Samsung redesigned the tablet to make it appear less similar to the Apple iPad. The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1N is the name of the redesigned device in Germany, which Apple is also trying to have banned.

In her ruling, Judge Koh said that it was not clear that Apple would not be harmed even if she awarded the preliminary injunction against Samsung and the four products named in the suit. The Judge added that the case is not over and as she previously noted, Apple will probably be able to prove that Samsung infringed on at least one Apple patent with the Korean manufacturer's tablet. She did add that Apple still needs to prove the validity of the patent, which it has yet to do.

An Apple spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, reiterated that Samsung's "blatant copying is wrong" while Samsung issued no comment after the ruling. The legal battle between the two tech titans is now situated in 10 countries, spanning 20 separate cases. The whole legal battle started in April when Apple sued Samsung claiming that the Galaxy line of mobile devices copied the look and feel of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad.

source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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54 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe the judge didnt get the memo on apple's "approved" competitior designs? How dare she not allow apple to ban anyone that uses a square, bezel, or a white or a dark color!

17. bsilva1182

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

last time i checked the droid charge looks nothing like that stupid piece of crap iphone, its not even rectangular

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, but apple said that they shouldnt have the screen centered in the front bezel either, because only apple should do that.. lol ridiculous company.

2. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

All this really is getting ridiculous, I mean there is a limit to how far Apple can b**ch about Samsung's products being successful. Granted, it wasn't exactly the smartest thing for Sammy to do, with the menu button placed squarely in the center, but this is completely insane.

23. robinrisk unregistered

Samsung had that center button in phones before the original iPhone. It was on an ugly ass phone, i´ll give you that, but the center button was not invented nor is property of apple.

39. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

fanboys forget that phones existed before apple.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is funny as hell. So I have to ask: is Apple in the right anymore now that their requests are being denied? I think I already know what answers I'm going to get, and from who. Good work, Samsung.

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Really? So you rather them copy Apple instead of be innovative?

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I would rather they be innovative. However, I would rather see them evolve their products to be less like Apple's without being banned for vague resemblances. They didn't copy Apple enough to deserve to be kicked out of the market.

24. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Ok but can you be even handed and be upset with Samsung for copying. Anyone that has two eyes and an open mind can see Samsung is copying Apple.

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I was annoyed with them copying the elements from Apple that they did, because I sincerely think that Samsung can do better (after all, this IS the company that came out with the Alias and Alias 2, both awesome phones). However, I don't think they blatantly copied Apple to the degree that anyone need be angry with them. Hell, even their commercials now aim to differentiate their products from the iPhone.

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

or any troll that keeps getting banned with a half dozen fake names, eh taco?

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

miz, what hasnt samsung innovated? apple uses samsung parts.. samsung isnt using apple parts.

37. superguy

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

You mean like when Steve Jobs said “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” With video:http://thenextweb.com/apple/2010/03/05/steve-jobs-shameless-stealing-great-ideas/ So why is it ok for Apple and not anyone else?

4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Apple Board: We must think of a ridiculous idea to bash every Android/WP7/Symbian/Bada/Blackberry device from around the world so we can have all the money and fame for ourselfs! Judge: Apple you went too far GTFO! Samsung Board: Nuff Said People: Apple is getting ridiculous! iPeople: You normal people are far from our supirior Apple products!When will you learn that what Apple does its best for everyone! Me: Cut the f**king crap nothing should be banned if people in the region want it more that the stupid iApple s**ts. Apple: Look we made a new revolutionary product! Its called the iDoor!It opens and closes!

5. shifu

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

"take that take that"- P diddy voice

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao!

6. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

So there is justice at last

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

cApple is a new word for crazy Apple inc. tried to banned the sale of Samsung Galaxy line in the World because of similar looked and feel of cApple products. How about cApple used and paid cheap for Samsung components for 4 years and sold high made billions dollars in profit, cApple should said Thank you to Samsung instead of filed Laws suits for similar looked. Any companies that supplied and assembled for cApple will be suing by cApple in the future.

8. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

These kind of battle will not bring any good benifits for customers. But if you closely compare products from various manufacturers with Apple product then you can see that Samsung product are little closer to Apple product than other manufacturers. But making product almost similar to other manufacturers product is not illegal.

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

With all the evil an childish antics of apple thses days this perhaps the more suitable new apple logo http://www.techdigest.tv/rotten%20apple.JPG

10. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Apple only cares about no one but Apple, banningSamsung wont only hurt consumers bu Samsung employees and their family member and the economy. I guess Apple is full if iDiots not intelligent ppl anymore. This is now getting stupid if u ask me, #HidingMyiPhone

11. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I wish apple were gone.

53. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I wouldn't say I wish they were gone... the flame wars are amusing and their competitiveness helps drive innovation; it's just that the innovation takes place in other companies. ;-)

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I predicted about a month (maybe longer?) ago that Apple was not going to win all of their patent infringement lawsuits. That is starting to happen. In about 24 months, the litigation burden combined with a mixed record in the courts will produce increasing pressure to settle the patent fight and move on to doing business. Even Apple is going to want to move on. Steve was the primary driving force behind Apple's litigiousness, and he is not around to keep the pressure up.

13. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

f**k apple may steve jobs rest in hell

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn lol rest in hell?!

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

finally a judge that actually has sense...now the fanboys are going to cry this isn't final ruling which is true but that didn't stop you going on about apple getting injunctions in Australia when it wasn't the final ruling...didn't know I could hate a company so much lol.

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I dont see the fuzz about the Galaxy Tab is not even selling as expected.... so is ok to let Samsung sell the overrated Galaxy Tab.

25. geedup

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

You're wrong it has 4% of the market. With Apple only having 65% Samsung is a huge threat.

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