Apple seeks U.S. sales ban on 8 Samsung products
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) asked a federal court on Monday to impose a permanent injunction and sales ban against eight Samsung Electronics devices, the first practical fallout from a jury verdict in the companies' patent-infringement case that awarded Apple $1 billion in damages.
In a filing with U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., Apple said that it will seek U.S. sales bans on the following Samsung devices:
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S II (AT&T)
- Galaxy S II (Skyrocket)
- Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
- Galaxy S II Epic 4G
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
The devices are only eight of the 28 products that were included in the patent case. The gadgets accounted for about $460.8 million worth of the damages in the verdict, or less than half of the $1.05 billion total. Apple said the list is only "to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering."
Samsung said in a statement that it "will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market." A company spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that Samsung may file to stop the injunction, appeal if the judge grants it or modify its products.
Some of the devices are no longer heavily sold in the U.S. market (the Droid Charge, for example, was one of Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) first LTE smartphones, introduced in the spring of 2011). Nonetheless, the sales bans, if granted, could cut into Samsung's revenues, since the Galaxy S II, which was introduced in the United States in mid-2011, is still sold by many carriers.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the Apple-Samsung patent battle, has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 20 to consider Apple's request for the sales bans. Koh also will have the power to potentially triple the damages against Samsung, considering that the jury found Samsung willfully infringed on Apple's patents. Another possibility, as The Verge noted, is that the companies could reach some kind of universal settlement for all of their outstanding patent litigation around the world, though Samsung has lost substantial leverage in those negotiations. Samsung is expected to appeal the verdict in its entirety as well.
- see this The Verge article
- see this CNET article
- see this separate The Verge article
- see this WSJ article (sub. req.)
- see this AllThingsD article
- see this Bloomberg article
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Article updated Aug. 28 with commentary from Samsung.