Apple asks US court to ban Samsung phones, tablets

Dec 27, 2013
Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone pictured during its unveiling at Radio City Music Hall in New York on March 14, 2013

Apple has asked a federal judge to bar US sales of Samsung smartphones and tablet computers in the blockbuster patent case involving the two electronics giants.

In a filing in California, Apple said the smartphones and tablets were found to have violated patents in a jury trial held last year.

Apple renewed its bid for a permanent injunction on sales of a number of Samsung products after an appeals court decision last month cleared the way for a new hearing on the matter.

In the latest filing dated Thursday, Apple's attorneys wrote that the court "previously concluded that Samsung's sale of infringing products has irreparably harmed Apple."

The document added that the appeals court decision "makes clear that the record evidence... collectively demonstrates a sufficient 'causal nexus' between Samsung's infringement and the irreparable harm to Apple."

Apple added that "money damages are not an adequate remedy for Samsung's infringement of these patents."

The US firm is seeking a ban on Samsung's smartphone models Captivate, Continuum, Droid Charge, Epic 4G, Exhibit 4G, Fascinate, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S, Galaxy S 4G, Gem, Indulge, Infuse, Mesmerize, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Vibrant,Transform and three versions of the Galaxy S II.

Bans are also being sought on the Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1 tablets.

The request does not affect the newest Samsung devices, which were not at issue in the trial because of the fast product cycles in the industry.

The South Korean firm, the world's biggest maker of smartphones, has been ordered to pay Apple more than $900 million after a retrial on some of the issues in the case.

But the case, one of several being played out in courts and administrative agencies around the world, has not dented sales of Samsung, which has vaulted ahead of Apple in many markets around the world.

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krundoloss
3.7 / 5 (7) Dec 27, 2013
Hey Apple, if you gave people what they wanted instead of trying to tell them what they want, maybe you could get your market share back! Make more versions of things! Learn from the ipad Mini! People like choices!

Why don't Samsung and Apple merge, then they can take over the planet!
Returners
2.1 / 5 (7) Dec 27, 2013
Oh well, I figure as long as the U.S. company is the one who owns the patents on "rectangular object with round edges" we're better off than if some foreign company owns them all....at least until Apple ex-patriates like Cisco.
RMQ
4.5 / 5 (8) Dec 27, 2013
Once the creativity dries, let's bring the aggression.
As it was already commented, they are trying to "fix" THEIR mistake of no producing phones with big screens: blaming Samsung.

Apple is struggling a lot without their idol.
CrossEyedJack
4.3 / 5 (11) Dec 27, 2013
This is why I don't buy Apple products, I absolutely can't stand that company, right down to Steve Jobs himself, who was a complete A$$. Samsung has been in the phone industry since the beginning and played a major part in the development of the hardware, much of what is in the Iphone. Apple patents are what I consider to be concepts and a software GUI. Kinda like Ford saying it patented 4 tires and a steering wheel. Apple needs to lay off and build a better product then Samsung, that offers more choices. I will admit certain things about IOS are better, but Android is closing in and with Samsung surpassing what Apple has. Competition is good and will force Apple to make a better product. Instead of changing a their adapter and adding slightly better processor and screen. Where as the Samsung line has had major improvements on each release.
24volts
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 27, 2013
Apple has been running this same tactic since it had nothing but the Apple 2 computer. Jobs and I got into an argument years ago on the phone over the same type of thing back when they didn't want anyone else even selling software for their computer. I haven't owned an apple anything again since then and never will.
Shootist
4 / 5 (8) Dec 27, 2013
Apple the darling of technology asking for smoke stack protectionism from Uncle Sam.

Get rid of crony capitalism: Re-elect no one, ever.
dbsi
3.3 / 5 (3) Dec 27, 2013
In one thing Apple is right: They are irreparably harmed = disfunct. But they do not seam to recognize it nor the cause - their tactics would merit some rethinking. By attacking Samsungs old technology, they are accelerating their competitors innovation cycle even more, lagging hoplessly behind. Just look at the newest Samsung tablet with its pen technology, screen resolution, 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor, multitasking and multi window OS. After the move in to courtrooms for protection, Apple should plan their move in to a design museum. Or maybe that what their round edge spaceship headquarter really is for!
Whydening Gyre
3.4 / 5 (5) Dec 27, 2013
Apple the darling of technology asking for smoke stack protectionism from Uncle Sam.

Get rid of crony capitalism: Re-elect no one, ever.

Recycle everything - except career politicians....
la7dfa
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 28, 2013
Semmster
4.2 / 5 (5) Dec 28, 2013
Admire what they've accomplished but hate their philosophy. They sparked my interest in computers from as far back as the apple IIe, but I don't plan on ever owning anything apple. I rebel instinctively against being corralled.
Mayday
2 / 5 (2) Dec 28, 2013
With screens the size of bathmats, they could have avoided this by patenting "obnoxious." My prediction: giant phones will pass like mood rings. They were cute and flashy for a while, but now they look like something from another epoch. They remind me of earth-shoes and big hair. Let's move on.
evropej
2 / 5 (2) Dec 28, 2013
I for one support droids, it keeps malware writers away from clean a product line just like windows keeps linux and osx clean. I call them the blackhole of spam, crapware, shareware, anoyware, clickhereware, trialware, subscriptionware, scaneverydayware, etc. It's like a septic tank lol. No I dont like apple but I do like the products they produce.
Anda
3.3 / 5 (3) Dec 29, 2013
I switched to a galaxy s4 from an iphone 5 with ios7 (previously I had iphones 3, 3gs, 4 and 4s.):
I'm very happy with the change. It's a better phone, better screen, camera, sensors... and now I control the os, the files, etc, and have free access to stuff like torrents and other things forbidden to apple users.

Apple sucks.

Anda
1 / 5 (1) Dec 29, 2013
Also have you opened an iphone? Very fragile and thick components.
The galaxy s4? Looks like any phone and all the harware is thinner.
evropej
1 / 5 (1) Dec 29, 2013
My iPhone 5 flew off the top of my car going 60 and all it had was a small crack on the screen. I have replaced the screen on my iPhone 4 so I know what the inside looks like. My fiance has an adroid HTC phone, it never works right and its made of cheap plastic. Unlike google, apple doesnt force updates down your throat. Dont tell me the camera is better or other features. The reason why the phones are huge and look like they are ten years from the past because they cant fit everything in the size of an iPhone.
Huns
2.5 / 5 (2) Dec 29, 2013
With screens the size of bathmats, they could have avoided this by patenting "obnoxious." My prediction: giant phones will pass like mood rings. They were cute and flashy for a while, but now they look like something from another epoch. They remind me of earth-shoes and big hair. Let's move on.

Nah, big phones are good. I like mine. It's big enough to be comfortable to read but small enough that it still goes in my pocket. I don't need a bigger screen for something I carry around with me.
dbsi
not rated yet Dec 29, 2013
@evropej

My iPhone 5 flew off the top of my car going 60 and all it had was a small crack on the screen. I have replaced the screen on my iPhone 4 so I know what the inside looks like.

Very funny (crack) story ... trying to picture it .... 60 what? Your iBrick waited to drop until Siri commanded it, knowing it was going 60? :-)
Or maybe you dropped your phone inside your car? This would fully explain the small crack!
But sure, it's really not the first iBrick I heard off or saw with a cracked screen.
Thanks for the fun!
eHofmann
not rated yet Dec 30, 2013
Returners
1 / 5 (1) Jan 01, 2014
Apple the darling of technology asking for smoke stack protectionism from Uncle Sam.

Get rid of crony capitalism: Re-elect no one, ever.


Doesn't work. If politicians know they won't be re-elected, ever, then there is little motivation for them to do a good job with regards tow hat is best for the people, and instead have more motivation to use the office for personal gain, such as promoting bills that favor their individual interests.

While good leaders would do the right thing regardless of the situation, those who are corrupt or else on the fence are at least kept in check by the motivation to either do good or get tossed.
24volts
3 / 5 (2) Jan 01, 2014
Returners, what you just said there is how countries end up with kings and dictators. That's the whole point of the US political system. We DON"T want that type of politician. There should be no such thing as a career as a politician. There should be no political office where voters pick the person that one can be retired from either. The whole point was originally doing a few years of public service and then going back to a private life and job. Career politicians completely loose touch with the people they are supposed to be serving in a fairly short period of time and start serving only themselves. That's the biggest problem we have with the bunch in office now. The apathy of voters themselves is would take another whole volume in itself.