Court date for Apple’s request to ban Samsung devices set at 6 December

29 Aug 2012

Apple will have to wait until December to see its request to ban eight Samsung devices in the US reach the courts, a schedule that will perhaps inflict the least amount of damage on Samsung’s sales.

US District Judge Lucy Koh has issued a written order scheduling the post-trial filings and hearings following the verdict in the Apple v Samsung patent infringement trial that saw Samsung charged with paying Apple US$1bn in damages.

A 20 September hearing will cover Samsung’s appeal to lift Judge Koh’s sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as this is one device found not to have infringed on Apple’s intellectual property.

A later hearing, scheduled for 6 December, will then give Samsung a chance to appeal the jury’s decision and have it overturned, while Apple will be presenting its case to have eight Samsung devices banned in the US.

Even if Apple are successful in this case, the ban will have less impact at this time of year, when new devices will already have been released to market to take advantage of the holiday season.

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic