Seeing as the US jury found Samsung guilty of violating iPhone patents, Apple isn’t losing any time. Apple plans to have 8 Samsung devices banned from shops in the United States.
Apple filled with the court a list of 8 Samsung products that it wants banned from stores in the U.S. market. Eight smartphones, most from the Galaxy line and 1 Droid Charge are the Samsung devices Apple wants banned from the American market. But Apple still has to prove the 8 Samsung smartphones will damage the company to irreparable extents if not banned.
Last week, Apple finally achieved the result it’s been pursuing for years now. An American jury found Samsung did violate patents used in iPhone. The South Korean company is now forced to pay $1.05 billion in damages. It didn’t take Apple that much before it presented the court with a list of 8 South Korean devices it wants banned from U.S. stores.
Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT & T), Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail are on Apple’s most wanted list. “We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the US market” said a spokesman for Samsung.
But Apple isn’t stopping here. The Silicon Valley based company announced the jury last Friday it reserves the right to demand permanent banning for all the 28 Samsung devices in the U.S. market. The 8 Samsung devices presented are just the ones that Apple claims are causing “immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering”.
The court has to rule on Apple’s request for the 8 Samsung devices that it wants banned on September 20. The 8 smartphones on Apple’s most wanted list account for $1.3 billion in sales for the first half of the year. On the overall, Samsung is looking at a very costly lawsuit.
“The money was irrelevant for Apple. For Samsung it will be painful, but for any other Android handset maker the payout would have been ruinous” said Benedict Evans, consultant with Enders Analysis. He added the U.S. ruling against Samsung means “blatant copying won’t happen anymore”.