“In what may be a symbolic legal win, a federal appeals court on Thursday blocked the sale of an older line of Samsung smartphones found by a San Jose jury last year to have copied key technology in Apple’s iPhones,” Howard Mintz reports for The Mercury News.”The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 ruling, backed a permanent injunction sought by Apple that would force Samsung to remove the copied features from the devices or take them off the shelves.”

“In the second trial between the two companies, an eight-member jury in 2014 determined that Samsung violated two Apple patents, including its popular slide-to-unlock feature on iPhones, and awarded Apple nearly $120 million in damages,” Mintz reports. “That came after a first trial in 2012 that ultimately resulted in Apple claiming more than $500 million in damages for Samsung’s patent violations on even older smartphones and tablets, a verdict that was upheld earlier this year by the Federal Circuit (Samsung plans to soon appeal that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court).”

“The appeals court found that Apple’s request for an injunction that requires Samsung to remove technology considered important to iPhone consumers was fair, observing, ‘The right to exclude competitors from using one’s property rights is important,'” Mintz reports. “‘This is not a case where the public would be deprived of Samsung’s products,’ the appeals court ruled. ‘Apple does not seek to enjoin the sale of lifesaving drugs, but to prevent Samsung from profiting from the unauthorized use of infringing features in its cellphones and tablets. Apple established that Samsung believed these features were important and copied them.'”

“Several tech companies, including Google, had sided with Samsung in the case, arguing against such injunctions,” Mintz reports. “Samsung vowed to ask the Federal Circuit, a Washington, D.C.-based court that hears the nation’s patent appeals, to rehear the case with its full roster of judges. ‘We want to reassure our millions of loyal customers that all of our flagship smartphones, which are wanted and loved by American consumers, will remain for sale and available for customer service support in the U.S.,’ Samsung said in a statement.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If consumers love Samsung’s smartphones so much, why is the Korean chaebol laying off tens of thousands of their employees?

The fact of the matter is that ignorant consumers once flocked to settle for Samsung phones because they looked like (trade dress infringement) and sort of worked like (patent infringement) Apple iPhones.

People have woken up: If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

For good measure, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.

Samsung to petition Supreme Court to hear appeal in iPhone patent infringement case – August 19, 2015
Samsung denied rehearing in appeal over Apple iPhone patent infringement – August 14, 2015
Google, Facebook, Dell, HP, others take Samsung’s side in Apple patent fight – July 21, 2015
U.S. federal court rules anyone can copy the iPhone’s design – May 18, 2015
Up to 40 percent of Apple’s $930 million verdict against Samsung must be reconsidered – May 18, 2015
US appeals court reverses part of Apple’s $930 million verdict vs. Samsung – May 18, 2015
Before iPhone, Google’s plan was a Java button phone, Android docs reveal – April 14, 2014
How Google reacted when Steve Jobs revealed the revolutionary iPhone – December 19, 2013
What phones looked like before and after Apple’s revolutionary iPhone transformed the industry – February 8, 2012
Apple to ITC: Android started at Apple while Andy Rubin worked for us – September 2, 2011

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “JWW,” and “Tayster” for the heads up.]