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Apple Asks for Injunction on 8 Samsung Smartphones

Aug. 27, 2012
Samsung Galaxy

Apple asked a California judge on Monday to ban the sale of eight Samsung devices, including the South Korean company's bestselling Galaxy smartphones, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple's court filing came three days after a jury ordered Samsung to pay more than 1 billion dollars in damages for violating six Apple patents. Samsung has vowed to appeal the ruling.

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has scheduled a hearing on September 20 to discuss Apple's request to temporarily ban the sales of six Galaxy models, plus the Droid Charge and the Prevail. The company's latest model, the Galaxy SIII, was not included in the request.

Apple said the temporary injunction was needed "to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering."

Apple's shares opened at a record-high Monday as investors bet that the company's court victory over Samsung would provide a solid boost to the iPhone at the expense of its Android rivals.

Apple' stock jump of more than 2 per cent was in stark contrast to the 7 per cent swoon of Samsung, which is the world's largest technology company by revenue. The South Korean giant saw its value erode by 12 billion dollars as markets fretted that the ruling could hamper the company's mobile phone business.

Google, the web search giant that pioneered the Android operating system to expand its dominance to the mobile web, saw its stock price lag because of similar concerns that the most popular operating system in the world could be placed in a patent straightjacket.



Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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