Judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones

2012-12-18 09:37

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San Francisco – A federal judge has denied a legal request by Apple Inc to ban US sales of Samsung smartphone models that a jury in August said illegally used Apple technology.

The decision is part of a series of rulings that US Judge Lucy Koh says she is releasing over a period of several weeks to address the many legal issues raised in the case.

Koh’s ruling last night comes after Apple this summer was awarded $1.05 billion (R9?billion) in damages. A jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.

Apple had urged the judge to permanently ban the US sales of eight Samsung smartphone models that a jury in August said illegally used Apple technology, while also seeking to add millions more to the award.

Earlier this month, Koh appeared ready to trim the $1 billion jury verdict Apple won over Samsung Electronics, but gave no indication as to by how much.

Adding to the legal tangle, Apple filed a second lawsuit earlier this year, alleging that Samsung’s newer products are unfairly using Apple’s technology. That’s set for trial in 2014. In addition, the two companies are locked in legal battles in several other countries.

Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny claimed earlier this year that Samsung “willfully” made a business decision to copy Apple’s iPad and iPhone, and he called the jury’s $1.05 billion award a “slap on the wrist.”

Samsung lawyer Charles Verhoeven has argued that Apple was trying to tie up Samsung in courts around the world rather than competing with it head on.

Samsung has also claimed that it was deprived of a fair trial in a courthouse about 20km from Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters.

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