Court Allows Apple To Seek Samsung Phone Ban

After winning its court case against Samsung, a judge has ruled that Apple can seek to ban the sale of Samsung phones if they infringe upon any of Apple's patents that were brought up in the lawsuit. Apple originally won a $1 billion settlement from Samsung last year and after another court case this month. The tech giant can now take things even further.

Judge Lucy Koh (who has presided over the case since 2011) was asked to reconsider her initial ruling and in doing so made it possible for Apple to seek bans against certain Samsung devices. While the money aspect of the case may not be very significant for Apple, the ban of one of its largest competitor's products would be huge.

The Money Issue

Both companies are now waiting to see how much Apple will receive from Samsung. A new jury was picked for this trial after the original jurors miscalculated the amount that should be owed to Apple.

Even though Koh revoked her $1 billion ruling and chose to put forth a $600 million resolution instead, Apple is still going after the $1 billion. While the sales ban may end up being more important, Apple and Samsung are eagerly awaiting the jury's decision regarding the money.

In its closing arguments, Apple tried to convince the jury that its decision would have a reverberating effect on other American companies that are trying to protect their patents. On the other hand, Samsung argued that the patents being discussed are not integral to either its own devices or to the iPhone and therefore they had no impact on sales.

Sales Ban

Even if it wins the $1 billion, that amount is only equal to about two weeks of iPhone sales, so for Apple, the sales ban on Samsung devices will be far...

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