Apple’s yet another stint at getting Samsung devices banned in US
Apple is seeking a permanent injunction against Samsung devices for infringing three of its patents based on a verdict that was passed out earlier this month and for which Apple has already been awarded measly $119.6 million.
According to papers filed by Apple on Friday, Cupertino is seeking a permanent sales ban for all Samsung devices that infringe its “quick links,” “slide to unlock,” and/or “automatic word correction” patents.
This and / or condition means that nearly 10 Samsung devices including Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S III are on Apple’s radar.
Apple’s attorneys aren’t leaving out new gadgets from Friday’s filings despite the fact that these new devices weren’t part of the trial. The filing states that the injunction should apply to any and all “software or code capable of implementing any Infringing Feature, and/or any feature not more than colorably different” from infringing upon Apple’s features and intellectual property.
Apple argues in the filing that if Samsung were allowed to continue selling its infringing gadgets, Cupertino will “suffer irreparable harm” and that the monetary fine isn’t adequate to compensate damage caused.
If we go by Apple’s history as far as injunctions are concerned, it hasn’t been hugely successful and taking that into the equation we don’t expect to see any major ruling from the courts.
Apple and Google have decided to lay down their weapons against each other and withdraw all patent infringement lawsuits. Chances are Apple and Samsung also do the same, but from Friday’s filing indicates that such a truce is probably distant.
In yet another filing, Apple has asked for a partial new trial on the damages that have been granted by the court.