12/18/2012 11:16:21 AM
Apple fails in attempt to get Samsung's products banned in the US
Apple has failed in its legal bid to get Samsung smartphones banned from sale in the United States.
Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request for the sales ban, as part of the smartphone giants' long-running legal spat over patents. The iPhone maker had been awarded $1.05bn in damages in August but had pushed for a sales ban.
According to Reuters, Judge Koh said Apple did not present enough evidence to show its patented features were behind the sales of Apple's iPhones. She said: 'The phones at issue in this case containt a broad range of features, only a small fraction of which are covered by Apple's patents. Though Apple does have some interest in retaining certain features as exclusive to Apple, it does not follow that entire products must be forever banned from the market because they incorporate, among their myriad features, a few narrow protected functions.'
Analyst Richard Windsor said Apple would appeal the ruling. He said: 'The principle upon which the ruling has been based is being questioned by Apple, but for now it looks like any attempts to keep Samsung products from the US market will be rebuffed. This is the only negative catalyst that I had seen on the horizon for Samsung which now looks to be very unlikely to occur. Hence, 2013 looks like it will be a good year for Samsung.'
Author: Graeme Neill