The Apple vs. Samsung drama continues to heat up, as the maker of the iPad and iPhone gains another opportunity to argue that Samsung should not be allowed to sell mobile devices that infringe on Apple patents.
This new chance is the result of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which ruled that a U.S. District Court Judge, Lucy Koh, made a mistake when she denied Apple’s request for an injunction against several Samsung products. In essence, Judge Koh did not consider all of the evidence in the matter, and did not give Apple a sufficient chance to prove that it was harmed by Samsung’s patent infringement.
At the heart of this matter are a series of patents that relate to Apple’s iPhone devices. Apple contends that it spent billions of dollars to develop the technology, and that Samsung should be banned from selling devices that infringe on the patents in question. Samsung has stopped selling most of the devices already, but Apple feels that the injunction will prevent further infringement in the future. Samsung, on the other hand, feels that monetary compensation would be sufficient.
Judge Koh must once again consider whether an injunction is warranted, this time giving more weight to whether or not consumers are willing to pay more for the Samsung devices that use the patented touchscreen technology. This question runs parallel to the pending decision on how much Samsung must pay Apple as a result of these infringements.
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