Apple Requests Samsung Product Bans Following Verdict
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Apple is wasting no time taking advantage of its big court victory against Samsung last week. Having read through the verdict, Apple has now released a list of 8 Samsung devices it says it wants banned from being sold in the U.S. Bloomberg is reporting that a court filing by Apple requests that Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the Apple vs. Samsung trial, to ban the following devices:
- Galaxy S II 4G
- Galaxy S II (AT&T)
- Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
- Galaxy S II Epic 4G (Sprint)
- Galaxy S II Skyrocket
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
While some of these devices would be hard to find on U.S. store shelves anyway, the Galaxy S II has been among Samsung’s best-selling smartphones. A ban on the Galaxy S II could be costly for the company. An injunction hearing on September 20th will be held to determine which products, if any, should be banned.
The verdict had a predictable effect on both Apple and Samsung’s stock prices, sending Samsung’s market value plummeting. News of actual product bans, not just the fear of bans by investors, would no doubt harm Samsung’s stock prices even more. Still, the entire endeavor may end up having been worth it for Samsung, which over the past year has begun to consolidate the Android smartphone market and is now is a real position to compete with Apple.
Since the jury in last week’s trial returned a verdict of $1.049 billion against Samsung for violating Apple patents, both companies have issued their take on the verdict. Apple has declared itself a victim of its own brilliant design and innovation, while Samsung has lamented the state of U.S. patent law and the stifling of competition they believe the verdict represents. Meanwhile, Google has been rather dismissive with regard to the case, stating that the verdict doesn’t affect its core Android operating system, and that some of the Apple patents are being re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office anyway.