“Apple Inc. asked a U.S. appeals court today to force Samsung Electronics Co. stop using unique features and designs of the iPhone that were found to be infringed by a federal jury last year,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

“‘Apple spent five years and $5 billion to develop a product and it was a revolutionary product,’ said Apple lawyer William Lee of WilmerHale in Boston. ‘Samsung said, ‘We can copy it easily.’ They spent three months to bring a product to market,'” Decker reports. “Apple is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which specializes in patent law, to overturn an order letting Samsung continue selling products that a California federal jury said infringed Apple patents. The jury awarded $1 billion in compensation, although part of the damages must be retried.”

Decker reports, “The appeals court isn’t expected to rule in the case for several months. The hearing, however, came hours before the U.S. International Trade Commission, also in Washington, is scheduled to announce whether it will ban imports of some Samsung products based on allegations they infringe other Apple patents.”

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