Apple seeks US ban on 8 Samsung devices

Summary:After its patent victory over Samsung in a U.S. court, Cupertino followed that up by filing a court request to ban the sale of eight phones made by the Korean company in the country, including its Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II 4G.

Apple has followed up its patent victory over Samsung on Saturday by filing a court request to ban the sale of eight phones produced by the Korean electronics giant in the United States.

AFP reported Tuesday that Apple asked the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, to issue a preliminary injunction on the eight devices, while a permanent one is debated. The phones in question are the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II AT&T, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II T-Mobile, Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.

Samsung's latest phone--the Galaxy S III --was not included in the list but it could be the subject of another lawsuit, it noted.

Last week, Apple won US$1.05 billion in the patent tussle with Samsung after a California jury found the latter had infringed 6 of 7 patents belonging to Apple for mobile devices. Samsung said in a statement the ruling would lead to "fewer choices, less innovation and potentially higher prices" for the American consumer.

The Korean company has also asked the court to lift a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1, which the jury found did not violate Apple's design patent for the iPad. The temporary injunction was issued by U.S. Judge Lucy Koh on Jun. 26, AFP noted.

Koh has scheduled a hearing on Sep. 20 to announce her ruling on Apple's ban request, it added.

On Monday, Asian consumers expressed fears Apple's patent win could stifle innovation from Samsung and enable Cupertino to monopolize the mobile market.

Topics: Patents, Apple, Legal, Samsung

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