US court orders Samsung to stop selling older smartphones infringing on Apple patents

By Sudhiir

A US Court has ordered Samsung from selling a handful of smartphones in the US that are no longer available in the market.

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The plaintiff is Apple and the case is fought between Apple vs Samsung. This is particularly for the Smartphones that Samsung is allegedly infringing on patents owned by Apple. The Devices that are banned from selling are the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, and Stratosphere. These phones are banned in the US or other markets wherever applicable.

US court orders Samsung to stop selling older smartphones

The device that is a key focus over here is the Galaxy S3. The device helped Samsung phenomenally is the Galaxy S3 which did well as a Flagship phone. The Galaxy S3 was introduced in 2012 and is no longer there. Samsung has since then released several flagship phones. Most of the devices that are banned for sale by the US Court order are no longer being sold in the US by Samsung.

Apple had filed a case against Samsung in the US courts and claiming $119.6 million in damages. An investigation showed that Samsung had infringed on several of Apple's patents.

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The case initially started in 2011 when Apple filed a suit against Samsung, accusing the company of copying looks of its iPhones and iPads. Apple was rewarded $1.05 in damages. Apple hadd demanded $2.75 billion which was not granted by the Court. Samsung had asked for $421 million in a counter lawsuit, but the company was not awarded any of the damages it claimed.

Such a court ruling can have a huge impact on the smartphone ecosystem where patent structures are very complex. Considering a case which involved large companies like Apple and Samsung makes it interesting, but this really turns ugly if the plaintiff was an Apple and involved a small-time Smartphone manufacturer.


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