Apple loses plea for Samsung sales ban

Apple has lost its request that Samsung devices found to infringe its patents be banned, as a judge says it failed to prove iPhone sales were affected by the breach

Apple’s request for a sales ban on Samsung devices found to infringe its patents has been rejected.

A jury ruled earlier this year that some Samsung products copied Apple’s, but a Californian judge yesterday said this did not mean they should be banned.

District judge Lucy Koh said there was not enough evidence the infringement had damaged Apple’s sales. It did not show any iPhone sales lost to the Galaxy SII and other Samsung smartphones in the case were the cause of patent infringement.

“The phones at issue in this case contain a broad range of features, only a small fraction of which are covered by Apple’s patents,” Koh said.

“Though Apple does have some interest in retaining certain features as exclusive to Apple, it does not follow that entire products must be forever banned from the market because they incorporate, among their myriad features, a few narrow protected functions.”

Samsung’s motion for a new trial was also denied, however.

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