Looks like there is no end to Samsung and Apple’s global court skirmishes! In the recent development, Samsung is enjoying a small win over Apple as the latter’s request for a permanent U.S. sales ban on 23 Samsung Electronics products has now officially been denied.
Let us take you back in 2012 when the Cupertino-based company managed to win a major court battle in Northern California after being awarded $1 billion in damages. Korean electronics giant Samsung has been fighting the amount of damages ever since.
At the time, Apple also requested a permanent injunction against Samsung devices that infringe on its patents (three in particular: pinch-to-zoom, double-tap-to-zoom and the snap back patent). Samsung received judgement in its favour back then as Apple was denied the request.
Coming to their most recent trial, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Samsung will have to pay $929.8 million to Apple—a huge blow for the Korean firm indeed. Samsung wants to appeal the amount as it is “based on erroneous calculation methods.”
Claiming that monetary damages alone “are not an adequate remedy,” Apple immediately requested to seek a permanent sales ban on infringing products in a new appeal.
But Apple’s request has been denied once again. As Judge Koh officially wrote: “The Court concludes that Apple simply has not met its burden of proof to warrant an injunction. To persuade the Court to grant Apple such an extraordinary injunction—to bar such complex devices for incorporating three touchscreen software features—Apple bears the burden to prove that these three touchscreen software features drive consumer demand for Samsung’s products. Apple has not met this burden.”
Do you think the two companies will ever reach an agreement? Not in the near future of course. Apple and Samsung gear up to return to the California courtroom later in March battling over a separate set of patents the Korean manufacturer is accused of infringing.