Although Apple v. Samsung was decided in August, there has still been some bitterness between the two companies, and some collateral lawsuits have followed. But now the companies are approaching something more like a détente, with a little help from the courts of course.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction banning the sale of Samsung’s smartphones. Koh had imposed pretrial injunctions against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone and Galaxy Tab tablet at Apple’s behest. The jury exonerated Samsung on the patent used to ban the Galaxy Tab, so its sales were allowed to proceed, and later the Federal Circuit reversed the ban on the Nexus as well. This ruling, Koh said, was binding legal precedent.