Apple Wants to Ban Sales on Eight Samsung Smartphones

Galaxy S 4G

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Although a jury found a bevy of Samsung products infringed upon Apple’s patented inventions, the Cupertino-based company informed the court that it only seeks ban on eight Samsung smartphones. These include Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.

According to the company’s court filing, the mentioned handsets infringed a total of seven patents, which are similar to what the jury determined last week. The said patents are comprised of two design patents (D’677 and D’305), three utility patents (915 patent, 381 patent, and 163 patent), and two trade dress patents.

Among the listed Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S 4G was found to have infringed all seven patents cited by Apple. Different forms of Galaxy S2 were also found infringing a number of design and utility patents, while Galaxy S Showcase violated Apple’s design and trade dress patents. In addition, the Droid Charge infringes on one design patent, while the Galaxy Prevail violates all three utility patents.

Apple vs. Samsung Verdict

While Apple seeks to ban sales on eight Samsung handsets, the jury determined that the Korean tech giant should pay more than one billion to the iPhone maker for damages.

The verdict was given after two and a half days of deliberation and after hearing closing arguments from both parties’ counsel. Apple provided evidences proving that Samsung “took action that it knew or should have known would induce SEA or STA to infringe D’677, D’087, D’305, and/or D’889 Patents.”

On the other hand, Samsung was unable to prove that the iPhone maker’s patent were invalid, including the ‘893 trade dress. Apple was also able to prove that only the iPhone 3G trade dress protectable.

Prior to hearing the verdict, Samsung’s counsel filed a notice requesting the court to hold the jury for 30 minutes in case of inconsistencies relating to damages awarded. Two inconsistencies were found afterwards, awarding Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE and Intercept smartphone without citing any infringement. Due to this, the company’s damages were dropped from $1.5 billion to $1.049 billion.

Apple’s filing last Monday asks the court for a preliminary injunction that bans sales on the eight infringing mobile phones. This move is made in order to have a pending final injunction against the said devices. A number of internal documents were also made public during the proceedings, as Judge Koh mandated an open trial.

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