Apple pushes for ban of Galaxy S III and Note in the US

Apple pushes for ban of Galaxy S III and Note in the US

Apple is pushing for a sales ban in the US of four Samsung phones including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note in a separate case to its recently concluded patents trial.

The iPhone manufacturer alleged in February that 17 of Samsung's products infringe its patents, but in a court filing on Friday (31 August) it added another four devices, including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note. If granted, the ban would be a huge blow to the Korean manufacturer, as its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note devices have been global bestsellers.

The case follows the patents trial between the two companies, which ended on 24 August. Samsung was ordered to pay Apple damages of $1.05bn. Apple is seeking the permanent ban of eight Samsung devices. Its case will be heard by a court in December.

Samsung told Bloomberg it would take the necessary legal steps to keep its products on sale in the US. It accused Apple of trying to constrain consumer choice.

However, there was a small victory for the Korean manufacturer in Japan on Friday (31 August). A Tokyo judge ruled Samsung did not copy Apple's patents for synchronising music and video data.

Editor: Graeme Neill

Written by Mobile Today
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