Apple requested federal judge to ban sales of Samsung smartphone models in the U.S. But on December 17, that federal judge declined to do so.
In August, a jury found Samsung guilty and said Samsung used Apple’s technology illegally in its smartphone. The jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.051 billion to Apple in damages. But Apple was not satisfied. Apple later appealed to ban the sales of Samsung phones permanently in the U.S and the court agreed to reconsider. But on December 17, U.S. Judge Lucy Koh denied to do put a sales ban against Samsung.
Koh said in her ruling, “Though the phones do contain infringing features, they contain a far greater number of non-infringing features to which consumers would no longer have access if this Court were to issue an injunction. The public interest does not support removing phones from the market when the infringing components constitute such limited parts of complex, multi-featured products. 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. 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.”
Source: ABC News