Apple-Samsung case: December 6 hearing over smartphone ban


Date set for Apple’s legal motion to have Samsung handsets banned in the US, after court ordered Korean company to pay US firm more than $1bn for infringing patents

Apple’s attempt to have eight Samsung smartphones banned from being sold in the US will be heard in court in December 6.

Last Friday a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple more than $1bn (£664m) after it ruled the Korean manufacturer had infringed on several of the iPhone maker’s patents.

The judge had originally suggested that Apple’s request would be heard as early as next month, but now says that a hearing will take place closer towards the end of the year.

The Samsung smartphones Apple wants banned are the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II AT&T model, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II T-Mobile model, Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

Samsung’s flagship handset for this year, the Galaxy S III, is not involved in the case. The UK market remains unaffected by any ruling.

Following the ruling last week, Samsung had $12bn wiped off its market value on Monday, with shares suffering their biggest drop since October 2008.

However, shares in the company rose three per cent yesterday following news of the delay of the hearing.