In last Friday’s court filing, Apple stated its intent to a appeal a ruling handed down from Apple versus Samsung, wherein Judge Lucy Koh denies a Samsung product ban. The company added that the issue will be taken to the US Court of Appeals.
Court Denies Apple’s Post-trial Motion for Permanent Injunction
In a document discovered by CNET, Apple informed the Court that they have started the process of filing an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. During a pair of rulings last Monday, Judge Koh denied the Cupertino-based company’s post-trial motion for a permanent injunction against 26 Samsung phones. The jury also shot down the South Korean tech giant’s request for retrieval over jury misconduct allegations.
Furthermore, Judge Lucy Koh said that she found no casual link to justify an injunction against the devices, which is said to infringe on Apple’s design and utility patents. She went on to say that it would not be in the public’s best interest to stop the Korean company’s handset sales. That’s because only a limited number of features in a complex device were found infringing a patent.
Apple must have lost these sales because Samsung infringed Apple’s patents. Apple has simply not been able to make this showing.
Apple’s notice was issued just a day after Samsung filed a document informing the court that the US Patent and Trademark Office invalidated the iPhone maker’s “pinch to zoom” patent. The said patent is a key property that was leveraged to reach the $1.05 billion decision last August.
As AMOG reported last Thursday, Samsung brought the issue to the court’s attention in an effort to push its motion for a new trial. The company also said that the finding is relevant to block the iPhone maker’s motion for an injunction against some of their products. In relation to this, the USPTO decision invalidated all of Apple’s claims in US Patent No. 7,844,915 after reexamining the property.
Prior to this, presiding judge Lucy Koh denied both Samsung motion for a retrial and Apple’s request for an injunction. However, those decisions could be appealed at a later date.
Meanwhile, Judge Koh is set to issue a ruling on other post trial motions in the coming days. This includes ruling on damages, which is deemed as the most important. In relation to this, Apple wants to see a payout increase while Samsung wants to cut it down by hundreds of millions of dollars.