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Apple tries to block sale of some Samsung smartphone models in US

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 6:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 6:53am
 

Apple is seeking a US sales ban on some older Samsung smartphones following a jury verdict that the South Korean company infringed three of its patents.

The American technology giant, which on May 2 won US$120 million of the US$2.2 billion it sought, identified nine devices it wants barred in a filing with US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.

Winning a ban may be difficult for Apple because Koh, who also presided over the companies' first US trial in 2012, twice rejected the iPhone-maker's request in that case, legal experts said.

This time, the jury also concluded that Apple infringed one of Samsung's patents, though the Galaxy-maker hasn't yet requested a ban of Apple products.

Apple, which has said that a sales ban is more important than monetary damages, has been waging legal battles with Samsung since 2011 across four continents.

Apple announced on May 17 it was settling litigation involving Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit. That agreement, patent experts said, might only intensify its feud with Samsung, which uses Google's Android operating system on its phones.

Three days after that settlement announcement, Apple and Samsung blamed each other in a report to Koh for blocking progress on resolving their patent disputes. While both companies vowed to continue pursuing an accord to end their three-year legal fight, each said in a court filing that its adversary has taken positions that make out-of-court resolution more difficult.

The nine devices targeted by Apple for a US sales ban include the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3 and Stratosphere.

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