The Samsung’s patent infringement case is the hot topic all around the international mobile market. Apple won the case by proving 3 patent infringements by Samsung. Samsung has to pay over $1.05 billion in fines to Apple!
But it seems Apple wont stop here; They want to take this one step further in destroying the competiton given by the korean giant by banning 8 Samsung phones that are infringing these patents. Apple has submitted to a US judge, a list of 8 Samsung Smartphones that it wants to be pulled out of shelves as well as banned from US.
The phones that Apple wants banned from US are:
- Galaxy S 4G
- Galaxy S2 AT&T
- Galaxy S2
- Galaxy S2 T-Mobile
- Galaxy S2 Epic 4G
- Galaxy S Showcase
- Droid Charge
- Galaxy Prevail
Samsung has appealed a lift of ban on its Galaxy tab 10.1, which was alleged as a infringing Apple patents, but the charges disproved in this trial. The judge has scheduled a hearing on 20th September to discuss Apple’s demand for the ban.
Most of the Samsung products found to have infringed Apple’s patent were older devices no longer being sold. The list Apple submitted to the court represents devices they believes are still being sold in US stores.
Even after this victory by Apple, Google said that this victory is just a small hitch and it won’t affect Android in any way. Android currently holds a majority in the US Smartphone market and hopes to have it that way for at least the near future!
All said and done the question remains unanswered: Whether Apple’s competition will have to redesign their Smartphones and UI/UX to avoid patent infringement?