Appeals court denies review on Samsung phone ban

Jan 31, 2013
A picture taken on October 12, 2011 in the French western city of Rennes shows a Samsung phone (R) and an iPhone 4.

A US appeals court Thursday refused to reconsider an an appeal from Apple that sought a ban on Google-branded Samsung smartphones amid the patent fight between the two companies.

As part of a series of legal battles in the case, the panel in Washington rejected Apple's request for an "en banc" review by the full court of the October decision from a three-judge panel of the same court.

This latest decision denied Apple's petition without comment.

South Korea's Samsung remains under an order to pay over $1 billion to Apple for infringement of patents used on the and other Apple devices. But it remains unclear if the verdict from last August will result in any sales bans or other remedies, such as .

In October, the appellate panel overturned an injunction issued for the Galaxy Nexus phone as part of the lengthy patent case, saying the lower court "abused its discretion."

California judge Lucy Koh had issued the injunction June 29, before the landmark jury ruling that found Samsung illegally copied features from Apple's iconic iPhone.

Koh ordered the temporary ban, saying Apple "has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity" of its patents related to the iPhone's virtual assistant software.

But the appeals court said Apple must show not only that it would suffer "irreparable harm" but "establish that the harm is sufficiently related to the infringement."

Explore further: Uber investigating if exec broke 'God' app rules

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US court lifts Samsung phone ban, keeps tablet block

Jul 06, 2012

A US appeals court gave Samsung a temporary reprieve Friday on the sale of its Galaxy Nexus 7 smartphones while leaving intact a court ban on US sales of its tablet computers in a patent battle with Apple.

US judge won't lift Samsung tablet ban

Sep 19, 2012

A judge has refused to lift a ban on US sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computers as legal brawling continued between the South Korean electronics titan and Apple.

US judge lifts Samsung tablet ban

Oct 02, 2012

A judge on Monday lifted a ban on US sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 computers as the South Korean firm added Apple's new iPhone 5 to a patent brawl between the two market rivals.

Recommended for you

'Call of Duty' blasts past $10 bn in sales

4 hours ago

Blockbuster military shooter video game "Call of Duty" has blasted past $10 billion in lifetime sales, propelled by demand for the latest installment in the 11-year-old franchise.

Square's point-of-sale service goes global

8 hours ago

Financial services startup Square is taking aim at cash registers across the globe, making its point-of-sale software available internationally in English, Spanish, French and Japanese.

Apple, Xiaomi trade smartphone barbs in China

18 hours ago

Top executives from US technology giant Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at a Chinese Internet conference, acknowledging the fierce competition between the ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.