Apple seeks injunction against sale of some Samsung smartphones
Apple today filed a notice with the U.S. District Court of Northern California, seeking an injunction against the sale of eight specific Samsung products in the United States, all smartphones. The move comes on the heels of Apple's decisive win last week in the so-called "patent trial of the century."
Here's a list of the phones Apple singled out in its filing with the court Monday:
A quick check by TechHive shows that none of the phones listed—mostly older models—currently are available on any of the major U.S. mobile carriers.
A Silicon Valley jury ruled late last week that a series of ubiquitous smartphone and tablet features—such as the rounded rectangular form and how screens slide and bounce when touched—are proprietary Apple innovations.
The nine-person jury, which deliberated for less than three days, found the South Korean company had copied iPhone and iPad features and awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages. Experts said the verdict could lead to a ban on sales of popular Samsung products—which process Apple appears to be starting with this filing-- and further cements Apple's dominance in the mobile device market.
How this affects the consumer
If the court grants the injunction, which is still to be determined, it doesn't appear that it will affect Samsung very much. Most of the phones that Apple seeks to ban are no longer being sold by any of the major carriers. The Samsung Droid Charge, for instance, is nearly a year and a half old. A ban would, however, hurt anyone who currently owns one of these devices. For owners of any of these phones, it may be harder to get the phone fixed or replaced. Additionally, the carrier support for these phones (in terms of updates and bug fixes) may become even more limited.
After a three-day period of deliberations, the jury in the landmark patent suit found that Samsung had infringed on Apple's patents in a number of cases, awarding Apple $1 billion in damages. Samsung has vowed to appeal, if Judge Lucy Koh doesn't throw out the verdict, according to CNN.
Legal experts at the well-known Groklaw blog have pointed out several inconsistencies in the jury's verdict that could put Apple's big win in doubt—including the fact that some of the evidence was apparently ignored by the panel, and subsequent interviews with jurors that suggest the judge's instructions on damages were not followed.
According to the Guardian, Judge Koh will make a final decision on the case within a few weeks.
Jon Gold of Network World contributed to this report.