Apple seeks to ban eight Samsung devices in US – Korean giant vows to fight

28 Aug 2012

Apple has filed a notice with the court that judged against Samsung last Friday that it is seeking to have eight Samsung devices banned from sale in the US. Samsung says it will take “all necessary measures” to ensure its devices remain on sale in the US.

On Friday Apple was awarded US$1.05bn in compensation after a nine-person jury decided that 28 Samsung products infringed Apple’s iPhone patents.

However, Apple is intent on pursuing eight particular products that it has judged are causing it the most fiscal damage in the market.

These are: The Galaxy S 4G, the Galaxy S2 (AT&T), the Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), the Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), the Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, the Galaxy S Showcase, the Droid Charge and the Galaxy Prevail.

To have the injunction upheld Apple will need to prove that these devices are harming it in the marketplace, which shouldn’t be too hard in light of the jury’s decision on Friday.

According to the Wall Street Journal Samsung will fight tooth and nail to prevent an injunction being taken against its devices being sold in the US. In a statement the Korean manufacturer said: “We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the US market.”

Samsung is also likely to move to have a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted because the jury didn’t find that its tablets infringed Apple’s design and trade dress patents.

The injunction hearing is scheduled for 20 September.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years