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Fri Sep 19 03:51:13 SAST 2014

Judge denies request to ban Samsung phones

Sapa-AP | 18 December, 2012 07:48
An Apple iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy S are seen in this file illustration photograph taken in Berlin.
Image by: PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI / Reuters

A US federal judge has denied a legal request by Apple Inc. to ban U.S. sales of Samsung smartphone models that a jury in August said illegally used Apple technology.

The decision is part of a series of rulings that U.S. Judge Lucy Koh says she is releasing over a period of several weeks to address the many legal issues raised in the case.

Koh's ruling Monday night comes after Apple this summer was awarded $1.05 billion in damages. A jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.

Apple had urged the judge to permanently ban the U.S. sales of eight Samsung smartphone models that a jury in August said illegally used Apple technology, while also seeking to add millions more to the award.

Earlier this month, Koh appeared ready to trim the $1 billion jury verdict Apple won over Samsung Electronics, but gave no indication as to by how much.

Adding to the legal tangle, Apple filed a second lawsuit earlier this year, alleging that Samsung's newer products are unfairly using Apple's technology. That's set for trial in 2014. In addition, the two companies are locked in legal battles in several other countries.

Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny claimed earlier this year that Samsung "willfully" made a business decision to copy Apple's iPad and iPhone, and he called the jury's $1.05 billion award a "slap in the wrist."

Samsung lawyer Charles Verhoeven has argued that Apple was trying to tie up Samsung in courts around the world rather than competing with it head-on. Samsung has also claimed that it was deprived of a fair trial in a courthouse about a dozen miles (20 kilometers) from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters.

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