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Apple asks for early ban on Samsung Android phones, tablets

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Fri July 1, 2011

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Apple on the verge of the Independence Day weekend asked a Northern District of California court for a preliminary ban on four of Samsung's most important Android devices in the US. The injunction request is the result of a successful exploration and would have the court halt US sales of the Droid Charge, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Infuse 4G until the lawsuit is resolved. Apple picked four alleged violations that it said needed the ban, three of which focused on "electronic device" designs and a fourth for list scrolling and manipulating documents on a touchscreen.

The motion if successful would gut a large part of Samsung's smartphone business by removing the most important Samsung phone on most major US carriers as well as its current, most modern tablet. Such a move is likely a deliberate gamble that Samsung would rather settle at less than ideal rates than risk bans that could last for months or even years if the lawsuit went to a full trial.

Requesting an injunction is also a sign of at least public confidence in the lawsuit. Injunctions are usually only granted if the court believes either that the case is largely certain or else that the side claiming infringement would be seriously hurt by continued sales of what's alleged to be copying its work. Apple may be either making its case seem outwardly stronger, even if it has doubts, or is else genuinely convinced it will win.

Samsung may have alternately persuaded Apple's lawyers that they had to force its hand. Earlier in the week, Samsung filed an ITC dispute that could itself ban Apple's iOS devices. By moving for an injunction, it would press for at least a stalemate and possibly have the upper hand, since court injunction requests usually come sooner. [via Florian Mueller]

by MacNN Staff



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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple asks?

    You can ask all you want.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. LunarMoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good Samsung Strategy

    Samsung is really not just shooting their own foot but both foots, arms and head. For a company that have Apple as their largest customer, profiting around 4 billion dollars just producing ARM processors for Apple and probably other 4 billions producing displays, Samsung is really pushing their luck, copying Apple's device and threatening them at every possible chance.

    The rule #1 for those who want to continue on the market is: never piss one of your customers, specially when it is your largest customer.

    If I was a Samsung shareholder I would be asking for some heads now, specially the CEO and the board of directors.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "that the side claiming infringement would be seriously hurt by continued sales"

    Yep, smells like Apple is AFRAID of some good 'ol competition!

  1. aussiearn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You funny!

    Afraid that is funny. Apple has used significant resources making their products. If a competitor copies/steals the look of Apples products, then Apple has to sue. Its called protecting trade dress. Who cares about your android stuff, every single company making android hardware would sell their grandmothers to satan's ungodly hordes for Apples market-share. How many companies have a slice of the android pie??? How many has a slice of Apples??? End of story! Don't let the door hit you in the ar*e on the way out!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    trolls are overcompensating

    for their small penises and huge bellies. End of story.

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    aussiearn and climacs: WINNING.

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are as worthless as the legal ideas they're pinned on.

    Whilst I am an avid Apple user for quite some time now, trying to control the market through patent violations is expensive and kind of absurd and really just serves the expertly litigious salesmen. If you make it and do it better, then who cares if someone copies you? Make your OS un-installable on a non-apple approved device and that's that, it's not difficult.

    But copies just make your original look good. It's not lost sales because those people would never have bought your product anyway, they're buying on price, not experience ot just getting it because it's a name, it's been pirated and it's....FREE.

    And if someone buys a non-Apple device so much cheaper when it's a rip-off, well, whose fault is that?

    To prove all of this, every single 'improvement' in FCPX is a direct ripoff of a competitor - some are 5 years old! - and if anyone would like to trade barbs on that one, you're welcome to try. Many of the great features are features that have existed in other applications for some time now.

    I'm not slagging Apple for doing that, it's a matter of, 'That's a great idea, we should do that', which ultimately benefits the customer.

    This other c*** just doesn't work. If we all want to end up where Monsanto wants us, then please, by all means, agree with patenting everything, plant and animal genes included.

    You don't? Tell congress.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's Korean for "sayonara"?

    Apple will put the hurt on Samsung. But that will just be the beginning. HTC, LG, Motorola, and all the other running dog droid makers will face the same fate.

    Oh, and there's one more nail in the droid coffin. The Oracle lawsuit. It has merit, there is legal precedent (Sun Microsystems vs. Microsoft), and there is evidence in the droid source code. Not looking good for the fandroids.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @aussiearn and climacs

    Yeah, fandroids here tend to confuse providing useful information with being an attention w****. It stems from deep insecurity, from perhaps being dropped as baby or mommy and daddy simply didn't pay attention to them as a child. AKA Princess Syndrome, Drama Kid Syndrome, or DKS.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought...

    we are in a war with North Korea.... I guess not.

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