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U.S. judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung

2014-08-28 09:02 by
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A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from Apple Inc. to bar Samsung Electronics Co. from selling smartphones and tablets in the U.S. that infringe on Apple patents. The ruling comes as post-trial proceedings continue after a jury awarded Apple $119.6 million in damages in May. Apple was also found guilty of infringing upon a single Samsung patent, for which the jury assigned a $158,000 award.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. In a statement, Samsung said it welcomed the ruling.

"We remain committed to providing American consumers with a wide choice of innovative products," Samsung said.

Today's denial is yet another setback for Apple in its numerous bids to ban Samsung products in the U.S. and abroad. The company recently withdrew a cross-appeal of Judge Koh's final judgment in the first Apple v. Samsung case, dropping a sought injunction against 23 patent-infringing devices. That particular demand was denied twice before Apple successfully argued an appeal of Judge Koh's original ruling, though the motion was ultimately put to bed.

The patent war between the two companies may be coming to a close. Earlier this month, the two sides agreed to dismiss all patent disputes between them in courts outside the U.S. The agreement covered disputes in eight countries. However, the two companies said they would continue to push ahead with the cases in the U.S.

Read the full Reuters story -here-


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