galaxys2 Apple files for sales ban on eight Samsung smartphones

Apple is seeking to immediately capitalise on its US court victory by filing for a sales ban on eight smartphones made by rival Samsung.

Apple is seeking to immediately capitalise on its US court victory by filing for a sales ban on eight smartphones made by rival Samsung.

 
The Korean electronics giant was found guilty of infringing six of seven Apple patents last Friday, with the judge ordering Samsung to pay out $1 billion in damages, less than the $2.5 billion sought by Apple, but still a major blow to the company.
 
Worse for Samsung, many of its products will likely be wiped off the US market in the short term, including the Galaxy S II and Droid Charge, along with six other devices that Apple wants banned. 28 of Samsung's products are covered in the lawsuit, but most of these are no longer available.
 
galaxys2 Apple files for sales ban on eight Samsung smartphones
 
Samsung's flagship model, the Galaxy S III, escaped the trial, but Apple's victory over features and design elements could allow it to target the device in another case, with a potential fast tracking option as a contempt proceeding, according to legal experts cited by Reuters.
 
A sales ban is not guaranteed, but the chances are high following the court outcome. Samsung is expected to try to delay a ban in order to make an appeal and is already preparing to modify devices to remove infringing features, the typical method employed to circumvent such injunctions. Samsung is likely to also delay upcoming product launches to ensure they won't fall victim to an attack by Apple.
 
The situation does not just affect Samsung, however. All manufacturers using Google's Android platform will be concerned about being next on Apple's hit list and may also be forced to make design changes.
 
Source: Reuters