The intellectual property battle waging between Samsung and Apple is among the most costly and violent in the technology industry right now. With millions in smartphone sales at stake and both sides accusing their opponent of patent infringement, you can bet that these fierce competitors would love to see the sales of their rival banned in certain marketplaces. But developments this week indicate that’s not going to happen in the U.S. any time soon.
On March 6, U.S District Judge, and unofficial referee of the Apple/Samsung slugfest, Lucy Koh ruled that Apple had not supplied enough evidence to warrant an injunction against Samsung in the United States. That injunction would have frozen the sale of older Samsung devices and given Apple a considerable advantage in the market.