Apple to Seek Permanent Ban on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones
The Apple-Samsung patent war is far from over. According to a new report, Apple will seek a permanent ban on eight devices named in last week’s $1 billion patent decision.
Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the case that ended last Friday in a $1 billion verdict for Apple, will consider Apple’s demand that eight Samsung products be removed from retail shelves for good.
The eight products include most of Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones in addition to the Droid Charge.
In the meantime, Samsung is seeking help in overturning a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, which was found to not infringe on any iPad patents. Despite that finding, Samsung says that Apple is telling retailers to pull the device from shelves and no longer make it available to consumers.
“Apple does not dispute that the jury has found that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe the D’889 patent and thus has rejected the sole ground upon which Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was preliminarily enjoined,” Samsung insisted in a recent statement.
Regardless of the decision on the Galaxy Tab, there’s no doubt that Samsung faces a long road to recovery. Of course, it’s entirely possible the decision will prove lucrative for the firm by forcing it to be more creative and build products completely distinct from those offered by Apple.
Until then, the verdict is benefitting its major rivals. Obviously it will drive consumers toward the iPhone, but it may also help other industry contenders, including Nokia and Research in Motion (RIM). Both reportedly saw their share values jump once the verdict became known.
Can Nokia and RIM take advantage of the fleeting opportunity? Both will certainly try. Nokia is preparing for a major product unveiling in early September, while RIM scrambles to release its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
However, with BlackBerry 10 delayed until next year, it’s unlikely RIM will reap much reward from last week’s landmark patent decision.