“Samsung Electronics Co. defeated Apple Inc.’s bid for a court order barring U.S. sales of some Samsung smartphones that were found to infringe Apple patents, though none of the products are still on the market,” Phil Milford and Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.
“U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, today rejected Apple’s request to ban more than 20 Samsung smartphones and tablets at issue in the companies’ first U.S. patent trial in 2012. The order comes less than four weeks ahead of the companies’ next patent trial, scheduled for March 31, which covers newer devices,” Milford and Rosenblatt reports. “‘Apple has not met its burden of proving the requisite causal nexus to establish irreparable harm,’ Koh wrote in today’s ruling. Apple failed to prove that touchscreen software features ‘drive consumer demand for Samsung’s products,’ and therefore ‘it would be inequitable to enjoin Samsung’s products from U.S. markets,’ the judge said.”
“Apple argued in court filings that while the devices it targeted for the sales ban are no longer sold in the U.S., an injunction was required to combat future patent infringement by Samsung in products that are ‘not more than colorably different’ from those found to have copied Apple’s technology,” Milford and Rosenblatt reports. “The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., 11-cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).”
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