Apple seeks sales ban on Samsung products allegedly infringing on patents

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a motion on Friday with the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] asking the court to issue an injunction prohibiting Samsung [corporate website] from selling products in the US that supposedly infringe on Apple's patents. In the filing, Apple also sought $707 million dollars in damages from Samsung [Reuters report], including $400 million in design infringement and $135 million for willfully infringing on Apple's utility patents. Apple's call for a broad US sales ban on Samsung could include Samsung's new smartphone, the Galaxy S III [product backgrounder]. Samsung has responded to Apple's motion by asking for a new trial. It is unclear when the court will rule on Apple's motion for an injunction and damages against Samsung.

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in continuous patent litigation in courts around the world. On Thursday Samsung announced [JURIST report] that it will be adding the iPhone5 [product backgrounder] to its patent infringement suit against Apple. Last week a judge for the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] ruled [JURIST report] that Apple products do not infringe on Samsung's patents. In August Apple won a $1.05 billion judgment [JURIST report] against Samsung in a separate case [case materials] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit covered everything from the shape and design of the competing companies' tablets and smartphones to the technology employed in the devices' software interface. Following the jury award Apple moved to block [JURIST report] eight Samsung products from being produced and sold in the US. Last month a South Korean court found that Apple and Samsung had violated each others' patents [JURIST report] and banned the sales of some of the companies' products in the country. In July a UK court ruled [JURIST report] that Samsung tablets do not infringe on Apple's design.

 

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