Apple wins US ban on older model Samsung smartphones

January 19, 2016
An Apple's iPhone 4s (L) and a Samsung's Galaxy S3 are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul on August 27, 2012
An Apple's iPhone 4s (L) and a Samsung's Galaxy S3 are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul on August 27, 2012

Apple on Tuesday had a new victory in a long-running patent lawsuit—a court-ordered ban on older-model Samsung smartphones.

An injunction issued by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the heart of Silicon Valley was to take effect next month and targeted Samsung smartphones that were essentially no longer hawked in this country.

"We would like to reassure our millions of loyal customers that all of our flagship smartphones, which are used and loved by American consumers, will remain for sale and available for customer service support in the US," Samsung said in a statement posted online.

"We are very disappointed that Apple has been granted an injunction on select Samsung legacy mobile phones."

Koh's ruling on Monday stemmed from a trial at which Samsung was found to have infringed on patented Apple technology for automatically correcting typed words and for sliding a finger across a scree to unlock a device.

Samsung devices targeted at the trial included an array of Galaxy, Stratosphere, Nexus and Admire models from prior generations.

The judge concluded that a permanent injunction was warranted because Apple would suffer "irreparable harm" if Samsung continued using the patent features at issue in the trial, and that money damages would not be sufficient compensation.

Koh also barred Samsung from sale or development in the US of software that would implement the features deemed to have been infringed on during the patent litigation.

"While this will not impact American consumers, it is another example of Apple abusing the judicial system to create bad legal precedent which can harm consumer choice for generations to come," Samsung said.

Apple and Samsung have established themselves as "fierce competitors" in the smartphone market and this lawsuit, filed by the California-based iPhone maker in early 2012, is "but one action in a worldwide constellation of litigation" between the companies, Koh said in her ruling.

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not rated yet Jan 19, 2016
So who's really surprised by this? American courts "always" side for the American company in any lawsuits. And saying "irrepairable harm" to Apple is a load of crap. The largest firm in the world will suffer nothing by the old Samsung phone models. Just shows how overblown they make their cause (Apple) and dutifully the courts decide in their favour. Lastly, the Americans can always take their case to "another court". The have tons of levels of courts and you can always keep on going until you hit a "lower Circuit Court judge in Chicago (pick a town)" that will listen and side with Apple. Keep throwing the spagetti against the wall and it eventually sticks. Doesn't mean Apple is right, it just means they beat up enough judges to get their way.

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