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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54 Comments

1. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Jesus Christ is this getting old. Apple reminds of that psychotic ex-girlfriend that just won't leave you alone... Sheesh!!! How about you change your product to what the world market has obviously shown that it wants, and you wouldn't have to sue crap out of your leading competitor all the time. SMH

3. emperor

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Right

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I still don't get Apple. I mean, how hard can it be just to put in a 4.5"+ and Full HD screen and 2gb RAM? If even Chinese upstart companies can do it I'm sure Apple is more than capable. I'm sure it comes down to profit margins, but in the long run they're going to lose out if they don't bump up these specs.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

4.5" screen + 1080p would slow an iPhone down by A LOT. Just waiting for them to increase the screen size. Once they do, I'm jumping board.

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It wouldn't slow down the A7 much, but it would kill the A6, considering it's GPU is almost identical to the one in the Exynos variant of the GS4, only majorly underclocked. The screen size was really the only thing keeping me from the 5S, it was just too narrow for me to type comfortably in portrait.

14. stealthd unregistered

You do realize the iPads use the same processor and push higher than 1080p on larger than 4.5" screens right?

38. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

With A7, iPad is one of fastest, maybe the fastest tablet on market (if Surface Pro 2 doesn't count)

15. stealthd unregistered

Or Samsung just can't stop copying. They can pump out phones faster than Apple can sue them, that's why they want these banned even though they aren't being sold anymore. You don't really look at things from more than one perspective do you?

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol you should take your own advice.

34. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Lol!That's why everyone should jump ship to Sony and LG and leave Samsung get all its products and hopefully crappy TouchWiz disappear :)

23. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I don't see Ford suing Chevy, or Coke suing Pepsi every day of the week because their products are unbelievably similar. Make better and more competitive products and you won't have to try and sue any type of innovation into oblivion to try and keep control of the market you are quickky losing your grip on. Get real.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's because Coke didn't file a patent for, "A beverage or other liquid with fizzy bubbles created by carbon dioxide or other gas." That's the patent Apple would have filed if they got into the soda business, and then works have sued to ban Coke and Pepsi even though they were around before. And since the US patent office just got even more effed up by going to first to file instead of first to invent, Apple would possibly win.

53. willard12 unregistered

What has Apple invented (not patented) to be copied?

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Can't even go on a single site without Apple still btchn over patents copyright

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

"Apple says that such relief could help it in the future if the need arises to "combat" future patent infringement by Samsung." Well, I guess we can "look forward" to more Samsung vs. Apple in the future.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Basically.

7. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Apple makes no sense they pay samsung to make the innards of their phones but sue them for having the similar looks on the outside....you know apple would be screwed with out samsungs help and honestly I cant wait till they go bankrupt before 2020

13. stealthd unregistered

What wouldn't make sense is for Apple to just let Samsung get away with anything because they're a supplier.

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It doesn't make sense because if Apple can sue Samsung for the outside then anyone should be able go sue apple for the inside. Unless Apple makes round microchips to avoid copying every other chip set. Samsung should actually try that. Patent the rectangular shape of ram and gpu's and sue Apple. That would be hilarious and a perfect taste of their own bulls**t.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude go take a nap...till summer.

33. SleepingOz unregistered

Oversensitive ifan here..

52. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Troll would be more apt.

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thats not a bad idea

37. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

apple sues to get the money back for all the parts they buy off samsung

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope to god almighty apple loses this bid. I mean damn apple, can Samsung sell at least one device in peace. The suit happy stuff is getting tired man.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Can this damn fruit stop suing? What this fruit do is sue, sue and sue. Can this damn fruit focus on their iPhones instead of suing? I hope Samsung will sue the crap out of this damn fruit.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not about not suing, it's about suits possibly being frivolous. They have every rite to, and should sue if it's necessitated. When you're older you'll understand. Now worry about your phone instead of apple.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't worry, I understand. They have every right to sue, but their sue is pointless. Samsung didn't infringe Apple's design patents, just look at the Galaxy S3, looks nothing like an iPhone, the Galaxy S2 looks a bit like the iPhone but come on, it's an old phone. And one more thing, why should I worry about my phone? Xperias have their own classy elegant design, and Japanese takes thing seriously. I don't see the need to worry about my phone or Sony.

16. stealthd unregistered

Judge and jury said they did infringe. S3 wasn't even part of this case, so maybe you don't really understand.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Jury said and they are made out of retarded people like you, so I wouldn't use what a juror decides as the measuring stick of right and wrong. That is definitely a broken and archaic system. Let people like Darkjedi and Stealth HD decide the law. Shudder..... Apple is lucky they come from the same country that brought us George W Bush.

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