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Patent battle: Apple tries again to ban sale of Samsung devices, wants damages increase

When it emerged recently that Apple and Google had found a way to put the pair’s patent-related issues to bed, it led to the suggestion that Apple and Samsung may be able to do the same.

However, papers filed in a California court Friday show such a resolution to be far from the minds of Apple’s legal team, with the iPhone maker asking for a retrial in an effort to increase the amount a jury recently ordered Samsung to pay after it found the Korean tech firm to have infringed a number of Apple’s patents.

In the trial, which concluded at the beginning of this month, Apple had been battling to secure a $2.2 billion payout from the Korean company for various patent violations, though the jury arrived at a much lower figure: $119.6 million.

Apple is also asking the courts to impose a sales ban on Samsung products – predominantly older devices – that use technology related to the infringed patents. These include the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, and Stratosphere.

In the papers filed Friday, Apple claimed it “will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the infringing features,” and that “monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for this resulting irreparable harm.” Previous requests from Apple to ban Samsung products from sale have made little progress, with many expecting this latest effort to end without success.

Samsung spokesperson Adam Yates responded to the Cupertino company’s latest move, saying, “After the jury rejected Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claim, Apple is once again leaning on the court to push other smartphones out of the market. If granted, this would stifle fair competition and limit choice for American consumers.”

[Source: Bloomberg / Court papers 1 2]

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