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Judge Denies Apple Request To Ban Samsung Smartphones + Tablets

Judge Denies Apple Request To Ban Samsung Smartphones + Tablets

Apple had sought a permanent injunction against Samsung products after a judge and jury found in May that the Korean firm had infringed on three of its patents in a high-profile intellectual property dispute. 

The Wall Street Journal said that the jury in the case awarded Apple nearly $120 million in damages – a fraction of the $2.2 billion that it was seeking.

Overnight, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said Apple hadn’t “satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung’s exploitation of any of Apple’s three infringed patents.” 

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the ruling, while a Samsung spokesman wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The ruling isn’t a surprise, because Apple has struggled to win injunctions against Samsung during its series of high-profile patent disputes between the companies.

Apple has won two verdicts from federal juries in California that Samsung had infringed its patents on the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has been ordered to pay damages totalling more than $1 billion from the two trials. 

Samsung has said it would appeal both decisions.