Apple Seeks Ban on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

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Last Friday Apple won a monumental decision against one of its biggest rivals. A U.S. jury found that Samsung had infringed on a number of patents held by the Cupertino, California-based technology manufacturer.

Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in compensation, but won't stop there. It now wants to force all of the offending Samsung products off the market for good.

Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the original case -- and often expressed her frustration with both Samsung and Apple -- will again hear arguments from the two firms. A hearing is currently scheduled for the afternoon of December 6, 2012.

Judge Koh to Decide On Possible Outright Ban

Koh will be asked to decide whether or not to grant Apple's request to ban eight Samsung devices (found to use Apple patents).

The devices include the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, the Droid Charge, and the Galaxy Prevail.

Meanwhile, Samsung says it wants a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer overturned immediately. The Galaxy Tab was the only device found to not infringe on Apple design patents.

"Apple does not dispute that the jury has found that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe the D'889 patent and thus has rejected the sole ground upon which Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 was preliminarily enjoined," Samsung noted in a recent statement. (Source:

According to Samsung, Apple has told retailers to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1, even though it has been made clear that the device does not infringe upon any Apple patent.

Nokia, RIM Benefit from Verdict

The Apple-Samsung battle has caused quite the stir in the media and marketplace in recent days.

Both Nokia and Research and Motion (RIM), which produce devices considerably different than those made by Apple and Samsung, saw their share values spike after the verdict became known. (Source:

Certainly the landmark decision offers both of these firms a brief opportunity to gain some market advantage, as Samsung faces the challenge of radically redesigning many of its current smartphone products. (Source:

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