Apple seeks US sales ban on nine Samsung handsets

Not content with having won almost $120m from Samsung in its latest court battle against the South Korean tech giant, Apple is now petitioning for an injunction that would ban sales of nine Samsung products in the United States.

As Re/code reports, Apple submitted a request on Friday for a permanent ban on Samsung sales of a range of handsets that infringe its patents:

  • Admire
  • Galaxy Nexus
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
  • Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Galaxy S III
  • Stratosphere

What is perhaps most notable about this list is that many of the devices are now two or three generations old. The Stratosphere, for example, was launched in 2011, while many buyers are looking to devices like the brand new Galaxy S5, rather than the much older Galaxy S II.

Apple is also requesting that the court impose a ban on its rival that, in Re/code’s words, includes “any feature ‘colorably similar’ to the data detection, slide-to-unlock-and autocorrect features” that Samsung was found to have infringed in the recent court verdict.

Apple claimed in its court filing that it “will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for this resulting irreparable harm”. 

Source: Re/code | Gavel image used in background via Shutterstock

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LOL! If sales of these phones were banned, I'm sure Samsung wouldn't mind in the least. It just means they'll sell more Note 3s, S4s, S5s and other more recent models. :)

MatsSvensson said,
Good artists climb to the top, then kick the ladder down.
Great artists climb to the top.

There, fixed it for you. Apple are good artists not great artists.

spenser.d said,
You left out the part where they also filed to retry the original suit because they're not content with the payout they were awarded... http://www.engadget.com/2014/0...appsung-retrial-injunction/

I thought you were kidding, but that link proves it. Just goes to show that Jonny Ive was talking out his ass when he stated that "We don't care about money, we just want to make great products". Yeah right Mr Ive, just stick to what you're best at which obviously isn't business.

oh geeee! Apple and Samsung are still fighting each other, because google is still king of the mobile, and search engine around the world.

gameboy1977 said,
oh geeee! Apple and Samsung are still fighting each other, because google is still king of the mobile, and search engine around the world.

That's what I find extremely stupid, if Apple really wanted to put a stop to Android then why not go after Google. Note that I said "put a stop to" not sue.

You know what, I think it might be partly something to do with "patriotism". Apple battling an asian giant is much better PR than Apple taking on a company that has a stronger brand than Apple does (Google has reached ultimate brand status: it's a verb), is a household name, is american,

Is also worth more than Apple is now, although that wasn't true when Apple started litigating.

Actually, Samsung should not fight this too much. They could market this to make Apple look like the bully it is, generate a ton of publicity, and then sell a ton of new products.

All of the above have been banned and then not on appeal in the last two (maybe three) years. It's not just the United States either, they have sought bans in Germany and Australia (banned and then not on appeal). It's pretty childish state of affairs between these two companies, especially when you factor in that Samsung made (or make) a lot of the components for Apple devices!

Steven P. said,
All of the above have been banned and then not on appeal in the last two (maybe three) years. It's not just the United States either, they have sought bans in Germany and Australia (banned and then not on appeal). It's pretty childish state of affairs between these two companies, especially when you factor in that Samsung made (or make) a lot of the components for Apple devices!

If I remember correctly Apple had patents invalidated in both Germany and Australia as well as the UK.

Here we go again. Most of those handsets aren't even sold anymore so how are they are still doing, in the words of Apple, "irreparable harm". Apple hasn't innovated since Steve Jobs died, they just sue the competition because they have nothing compelling to go up against Android.

I have a new tag line for Apple:

Apple. Litigate.

line up all the iPhones and play spot the different... Apple once innovated but now they just litigate as they really dont offer a wider choice of size/design.

let face it they are a 1 hit wonder. by that i mean 1 hit wonder on the phone, and a 1 hit wonder with the iPad.

others love it or hate it, you can have 4" screen 4.5 up to silly 5.5" phones and again same with Tablets/phalets. there so much choices there.

Apple simple lost its way.. and thinks the court room is its Home. Let face it 2007 iPhone is not much diffent to the 2014 iPhone...

This lawsuit including patents such as 'Swipe to Unlock' and in my opinion generic patents like this should be impossible to register! Perhaps there are many valid patents that Apple feels Samsung infringed upon but all in all, this all points to one simple fact. The Patent System is broken.

thechronic said,
This lawsuit including patents such as 'Swipe to Unlock' and in my opinion generic patents like this should be impossible to register! Perhaps there are many valid patents that Apple feels Samsung infringed upon but all in all, this all points to one simple fact. The Patent System is broken.

I don't agree with you. Swipe to Unlock is not a generic patent. Look at how touch phones before that were unlocked.

StandingInAlley said,

I don't agree with you. Swipe to Unlock is not a generic patent. Look at how touch phones before that were unlocked.

I have a Note II. It's "swipe to unlock" bears absolutely zero resemblance to Apple's and can't possibly infringe on its patent.

Patents only copyright a particular way of doing something, not the entire concept of it.

So pathetic that they are one the most profitable companies? Fire all software and hardware engineers? Can you do a better job? Better yet, do you personally know engineers that Apple's Human Resource team would fall in love with?

JHBrown said,
So pathetic that they are one the most profitable companies? Fire all software and hardware engineers? Can you do a better job? Better yet, do you personally know engineers that Apple's Human Resource team would fall in love with?

I think id be able to make something like a notification centre without blatantly ripping off androids implementation. They stealpretty much every idea from everyone else then go sue people for anything that looks like there ripped off ideas. They only defend the iPhone and iPad because if they lost that market they'd go back to be pretty much insignificant again. They should fire the hardware and software engineers cus there so lazy with everything, bet apples the best place to work in the world... Go work fall sleep all day, nothing lost nothings gained nothings changed. That OS they got now will last them another 6-10 years. It says alot when panoramic photo stitching apps were around for years then apple implemented it and was the best thing ever. They prolly just copy and pasted someones elses source code into it

JHBrown said,
So pathetic that they are one the most profitable companies?

That actually makes their behaviour even more pathetic. Apple (and its fans) are sore losers and sore winners, can't do anything with dignity.

JHBrown said,
So pathetic that they are one the most profitable companies?

And to Apple fanshills that makes everything they do ok!

They could come over and burn your house down and you will stand looking at the flames and with a tear in your eye say "but dangit they make lots of money".

JHBrown said,
So pathetic that they are one the most profitable companies? Fire all software and hardware engineers? Can you do a better job? Better yet, do you personally know engineers that Apple's Human Resource team would fall in love with?

Lets get it straight, they are profitable because they extremely overcharge for stuff and they use slave labor. Its got nothing to do with being innovative or being special. If they made a better product and lowered the price by say half they would get the rest of the market share and make up for the lost profits per sale with more sales.

dr_crabman said,

That actually makes their behaviour even more pathetic. Apple (and its fans) are sore losers and sore winners, can't do anything with dignity.

Sore losers? Ok, for a second there I thought this was an adult forum. I haven't heard someone say that phrase since I was in high school back in the early 90's.

Apple was also found to have willfully infringed on Samsung's patents. But you don't see Samsung acting like an immature brat that Apple has become by continuing to sue, do you? Apple should just collect the fine and MOVE ON!!! Concentrate on innovating Apple.

How pathetic of Apple. Obviously they are scared of the competition. If I were the judge I would bar Apple from posting any more lawsuits. It's all Apple ever does anymore, just nonstop lawsuits. They never truly innovate anything themselves anyways.

Apple is to blame for why so many electronics cost so much because we are the ones stuck paying for their lawsuits.

what apple really want to do is to set precedents regarding the sales & import ban, and to use such precedents for any future disputes.

While that may be true, Apple is also running the risk of making themselves look like sore winners by continuing to stifle competition in the courts rather than with innovative products. It makes Apple look like a Scrooge of a company and tarnishes their image very badly.

They are sore winners and dirtbags. And they do not care as the iSheep will flock and buy whatever they say is the next best thing anyway.

Until they don't that is at which point they're toast. And that moment will come.

Gergel7077 said,
While that may be true, Apple is also running the risk of making themselves look like sore winners by continuing to stifle competition in the courts rather than with innovative products. It makes Apple look like a Scrooge of a company and tarnishes their image very badly.

The vast majority of people don't hear about these cases, don't form opinions like you see on this comment thread.

If apple can set presidents to use in future it will help apple and will not set some kind of negative opinion of them in the minds of the masses.

It's easy to get caught up in tech news forum opinion but you have to remember how small a minority we represent.

paulheu said,
They are sore winners and dirtbags. And they do not care as the iSheep will flock and buy whatever they say is the next best thing anyway.

Until they don't that is at which point they're toast. And that moment will come.

The sooner the better lol

@duddit2
You haven't been looking at the bigger picture have you? IPAD and IPHONE have been losing market share while Android phones have been gaining market share. And in case you haven't read, Apple is no longer the highest valued company anymore. That distinction now belongs to Google. Consumers are changing, Apple see's this, which is why there is so much suing in an attempt to knock down their competition to whom they are losing that market share to. Consumers see a lot more than you think.

But their losing market share is NOTHING to do with a bad image due to litigation, as was the point I was arguing against. Its more to do with apple not innovating and getting comfortable. Please if you're going to argue against a point try to keep the original point in mind when you do it.

duddit2 said,
But their losing market share is NOTHING to do with a bad image due to litigation, as was the point I was arguing against. Its more to do with apple not innovating and getting comfortable. Please if you're going to argue against a point try to keep the original point in mind when you do it.

How do you know that? If you can provide proof of that, I'd like to see it.
Here is what I do know, consumers, when looking for answers to questions about specific products, inevitably come to these tech sites and will read about all of these litigation's. The internet opens up what people see and read about, especially when it comes to products that will cost them a lot of money. They want to make informed decisions and these articles about litigation will stare them in the face when they go searching for that information. And it's not just the internet but cable news networks such as CNBC or Fox News that people watch all the time that report on things such as this. People do not live under rocks you know. They can and most likely will be influenced by this. That IS the argument to the original point, whether you want to admit it or not.

Gergel7077 said,

How do you know that? If you can provide proof of that, I'd like to see it.
Here is what I do know, consumers, when looking for answers to questions about specific products, inevitably come to these tech sites and will read about all of these litigation's. The internet opens up what people see and read about, especially when it comes to products that will cost them a lot of money. They want to make informed decisions and these articles about litigation will stare them in the face when they go searching for that information. And it's not just the internet but cable news networks such as CNBC or Fox News that people watch all the time that report on things such as this. People do not live under rocks you know. They can and most likely will be influenced by this. That IS the argument to the original point, whether you want to admit it or not.

Of course I don't "know" this, its an estimated guess based on the people I know that aren't tech savvy and the people I meet in my job (it consultant and support for multiple companies).

I've yet to meet someone not tech savvy that actually visits these sites and certainly in my experience they don't use 'facts' to make decisions on what phone to buy.

They are mainly influenced by fashion and trends, what is the most talked about device etc. None of them know their Samsung phone runs android or that android is made by google. They don't care. They don't get what an OS is or how hardware and software are separate.

They are definitely not influenced by a court case they may have heard of. They don't care.

This isn't based on some list or quantified metric, its my experience and that's all I can really go off when forming opinions.

duddit2 said,

Of course I don't "know" this, its an estimated guess based on the people I know that aren't tech savvy and the people I meet in my job (it consultant and support for multiple companies).

I've yet to meet someone not tech savvy that actually visits these sites and certainly in my experience they don't use 'facts' to make decisions on what phone to buy.

They are mainly influenced by fashion and trends, what is the most talked about device etc. None of them know their Samsung phone runs android or that android is made by google. They don't care. They don't get what an OS is or how hardware and software are separate.

They are definitely not influenced by a court case they may have heard of. They don't care.

This isn't based on some list or quantified metric, its my experience and that's all I can really go off when forming opinions.


I'm sorry but the people you know are such a tiny fraction of 1% of the total population that you can't possibly use that as a basis to make that statement. I also work in IT and know for a fact that some users actually do visit these sites to get informed when making a purchase of tech. Can I say that everyone does based on that? No. But I do think these sites do help in making decisions for the average person.

I want to change that to 'Samsung' and say 'that's mote like it.' But nah.

I'll give Apple credit for making people want to buy Samsung at least.