Apple looking to ban sale of Samsung products

Early-May trial verdict found Samsung infringed three Apple mobile patents. Apple wants gadgets using the features banned.

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Apple is looking to ban the sale of Samsung gadgets yet again.

The company filed papers Friday related to the patent-infringement trial that was brought to a close in California early this month. In a mixed verdict, the jury found that Samsung had violated three of Apple's patents and that Apple had infringed one of Samsung's.

Apple is asking that the Samsung gadgets found to violate its "quick links," "slide to unlock," and/or "automatic word correction" patents be prohibited from being sold. Those devices are the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere phones.

Newer Samsung gadgets weren't part of the trail, but Apple's attorneys address them, as well as future devices, in Friday's filing, saying the ban should also apply to any "software or code capable of implementing any Infringing Feature, and/or any feature not more than colorably different" from the infringed Apple features.

Apple attorneys said the company would "suffer irreparable harm" if Samsung were allowed to continue using the patented features and that "monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for this resulting irreparable harm."

In the case, the jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for Samsung's infringement, much less than the $2.2 billion it had requested. It awarded Samsung $158,400 for Apple's use of its patented method of photo and video organization in folders.

In a separate filing Friday, Apple asked for a partial new trail on damages.

The two companies have been going at it over patents in the courts for some time now, and the judge in the recent case, Lucy Koh, has twice before refused Apple requests for permanent sales bans on Samsung products.

 

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