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Apple once again denied US sales ban on patent-infringing Samsung devices

Apple once again denied US sales ban on patent-infringing Samsung devices

August 28, 2014

Apple has once again failed to secure a ban on the sales in the U.S. of Samsung smartphones and tablets that have been found to infringe on its patents.

According to a new report by Bloomberg, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request, even as it already constituted a “narrowly tailored” ban following Koh’s second rejection last month.

For its latest request, Apple suggested a more limited injunction on Samsung products, including the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, and Stratosphere.

Be that as it may, Apple’s request was turned down by virtue of the lack of evidence deemed by Koh to establish “irreparable harm” encountered by Apple because of Samsung’s infringements.

“Samsung argued in the current case that there’s no evidence Apple suffered ‘irreparable harm’ from any infringement, one of the requirements the iPhone maker must meet to win a sales ban,” Bloomberg reports. “Samsung said, as it has in the past, that Apple failed to draw a close enough connection, or ‘causal nexus,’ between infringement of patented features and the sales the iPhone maker claims it lost.”

Just last week, Koh issued a couple of orders concerning the first court trial between Apple and Samsung in California. One denied the Cupertino-based company’s appeal to reclaim $16 million in legal fees, which it incurred in the landmark patent infringement lawsuit it ultimately won against the Korean tech corporation. And the other released the $2.6 million bond posted by Apple in 2012 to block the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

A couple of weeks before, the two companies announced that they had agreed to end all patent lawsuits they’d filed against each other outside the U.S., including ones in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K.

Their stateside legal battles, though, appear to be far from over.

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