Apple’s crusade to keep Samsung phones off the shelves wages on

The Galaxy Note 2 is one of the Samsung phones Apple wants to ban from being sold.

The Galaxy Note 2 is one of the Samsung phones Apple wants to ban from being sold.

If you thought that round two of Apple vs. Samsung was the end, you are sadly mistaken.

Although Apple recently won $119 million in a second victory against Samsung in patent court, that modest figure is nowhere near enough to make Apple back down. Not only is Apple seeking a retrial, but it wants to ban past and potentially future Samsung phones from being sold.

Apple has filed a request for presiding Judge Koh to hold a retrial and reconsider the damages owed by Samsung, reports Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. “Apple can’t hide its dissatisfaction with this month’s verdict,” according to Mueller, who notes that the company wants a figure closer to the original $2.2 billion in damages it requested.

After Samsung was found guilty of patent infringement in 2012 and ordered to pay Apple around a billion dollars, a string of appeals and modifications to the ruling ended up cutting the damages amount by more than half. And although Apple won its second big pow-wow with Samsung earlier this month, the penalty is again nowhere near as harsh as Apple would like it to be.

Beyond a retrial of the damages amount, Apple wants a permanent injunction against Samsung phones that violate Apple’s patents. Devices like the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 are included in the list of mostly older devices. Apple wants the sales ban to even apply to unreleased Samsung phones that might infringe, like the upcoming Galaxy 6.

It’s highly unlikely that Apple will get what it wants to the degree that it wants it, especially with regards to the permanent injunction. And although there were rumors of settlement talks, it doesn’t look like Apple and Samsung have plans to kiss and make up anytime soon.


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