Apple again seeks a ban on Samsung sales in U.S.Apple is again seeking to ban U.S. sales of Samsung Electronics products that were at issue in the companies’ first patent trial in California and are no longer on the market.
The iPhone-maker yesterday asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to prohibit the sale of more than 20 smartphones and tablets, such as the Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1, that a jury last year found infringed Apple’s patents. While Koh rejected Apple’s bid for a sales ban on the Samsung devices after the 2012 verdict, a federal appeals court on Nov. 18 cleared the way for the iPhone maker to pursue an injunction targeting some of its rival’s products.
“Samsung’s claim that it has discontinued selling the particular models found to infringe or design around Apple’s patents in no way diminishes Apple’s need for injunctive relief,” Apple argued in today’s filing. “Because Samsung frequently brings new products to market, an injunction is important for providing Apple the relief it needs to combat any future infringement by Samsung through products not more than colorably different from those already found to infringe.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said Apple could tailor its request to focus on infringement of patents covering smartphone features, such as multitouch technology, that were at issue in the 2012 trial. The company can’t block Samsung products for infringing patented designs, according to the opinion.
The world’s top two smartphone makers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees on claims of copying each other’s features in a global battle to dominate the market. Apple, which initiated the legal fight in 2011, had a 13 percent market share in the third quarter year, while Samsung had 31 percent, according to IDC, a research firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Last month, Apple won more than $290 million from Samsung in a do-over damages trial stemming from the same case in which Apple is seeking its sales ban request.
A jury restored most of the $410.5 million Koh cut from the $1.05 billion 2012 verdict after finding it was flawed because jurors in the first trial miscalculated the period that the infringement occurred.
Total damages owed by Samsung now stand at $930 million.