Apple Seeks Injunction on Sale of Eight Samsung Smartphones in U.S.

Apple Inc. filed a court request on Monday asking to ban eight Samsung phones in the US following a big win in a patent war against the South Korean company.

The court suit claims that the Californian tech giant requested to ban on the sale of eight of the 28 Samsung phones and tablets that were discussed in the trial. Photo: New Zealand PC World/Flickr

The list of Samsung’s products sought to ban includes the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 (AT&T), Galaxy S2 (Skyrocket), Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile), Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail.

If Samsung’s devices are banned, the effect on company’s sales will be negligible as its latest smartphones aren’t on Apple’s list of devices, “which will account for less than 1.4 percent of the Korean company’s profits next year”, said Mark Newman, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein.

According to the expert, the impact is estimated to be 6.3 percent in case the iPhone maker manages to broaden a ban to newer devices and block 80 percent of all Samsung phones. “Samsung can live to fight another day,” Newman said in a phone interview.

Meanwhile Samsung promised that it would do their best to escape the ban. “We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the US market,” Nam Ki Yung, a Seoul-based spokesman for Samsung, said in an e-mailed statement today.

Wall Street’s analysts believe that Apple now has ‘momentum behind’ it in the wake of its recent triumph over the South Korean phone maker on Friday.

“The evidence and weight of the case are heavily in Apple’s favor,” said Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek. “We expect there is a two-thirds chance of an injunction against Samsung products.”

Last week a US jury found that Samsung has copied some features of the iPhone and iPad and obliged the company to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple.

“We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it,” said Apple spokesperson Katie Cotton in a prepared statement.

“The mountain of evidence presented during the trial showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuitsbetween Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents ormoney. They were about values.”

The ruling “will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices,” said Samsung in a statement after the court announced its decision.

“It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.”

As Reuters claims, the delivered verdict could lead to ban on sales of most popular Samsung products. Apple’s stock scored another record high on Monday.

While the big Friday win does not cover new Samsung products, the Cupertino company will push its case on these products in the near-term, Evercore Partners analyst Mark McKechnie said.

“While a ban would likely increase Apple’s leading smartphone share in the U.S. market, we believe this verdict could lead to Samsung also delaying near-term product launches as it attempts to design around Apple’s patents,” Canaccord Genuity analysts said in a note.

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