Apple seeks sales ban on twenty older Samsung models

Apple seeks sales ban on twenty older Samsung models
Apple has filed with the U.S. District Court of San Jose seeking a sales ban on twenty older Samsung devices that are no longer sold in the U.S. Lest you think that this seems like a wasted effort on the part of Apple, the Cupertino based tech titan says that even though Samsung no longer sells these models it "in no way diminishes Apple's need for injunctive relief." Apple says that such relief could help it in the future if the need arises to "combat" future patent infringement by Samsung.

For example, if Apple can win an injunction on the Samsung Galaxy S II, and Apple's attorneys can prove that the Galaxy S II is not much different that the Samsung Galaxy S III, bingo, Apple has an injunction on a newer model. The twenty phones at issue were found to have infringed on Apple's patents during the 2012 patent trial. Apple first sought an injunction, but the request was turned down by Judge Lucy Koh as she said that Apple failed to prove that it was suffering "irreparable harm" from the continued sale of the products.

On November 18th the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Koh was right about Apple's design and trade dress patent, but was wrong when it came to Apple's utility patents. Even with this new ruling, it might be a moot point because most of Samsung's newer models are part of a second patent suit between the two rivals that is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014.

source: TheRegister

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