Following courtroom win, Apple wants to ban eight Samsung phones from sale in the US

Following Apple’s $1.05 billion win against Samsung in its ongoing patent war, Apple has now submitted a list of Samsung devices that it believes should be withdrawn from sale to the court.

The list contains eight Samsung smartphones: The Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Galaxy Prevail and the Droid Charge.

A total of 28 Samsung phones were found to have used Apple patents without permission and to have copied key designs; but many of them are considerably older devices than those listed above, and therefore rarely found on sale anymore.

This is just the first stage in Apple’s efforts to see the offending phones removed from sale in the USA, and it will have to wait until September 20 for the official hearing, but even then it won’t be smooth sailing.

According to The Guardian, Apple’s legal team must prepare for a four-part test to show the court that irreparable injury has been caused by the devices being on sale. It must prove that the $1.05 billion already awarded isn’t compensation enough, and that further action is needed. Even if the team gets that far, it has to show that such a ban doesn’t harm the public interest.

Judge Lucy Koh has already shown she’s not afraid to ban products from sale, having passed an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the recent past.

Analysts at Jefferies and Co. told the newspaper that it expects “a two-thirds chance of an injunction against Samsung products.”

In the days following the court’s verdict, Samsung’s stock took a fall, resulting in its largest single-day loss in four years. An injunction against some of its products, no matter how old they may be, can only make things worse. Especially when Apple will shortly be riding the wave of excitement generated by the unveiling of its next-generation iPhone.


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