Apple Vs Samsung Sales Injunction Hearing Set on December 6

Apple’s lawsuit for a permanent ban of eight Samsung’s smartphones has been pushed back to December 6.

A U.S. judge set a date for a hearing regarding Apple Inc’s request for an injunction against Samsung Electronics’ smartphones. Photo: Leon Lee/Flickr

The initial date, September 20, which the hearing was scheduled for, has instead been repurposed to decide whether to remove the sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Reuters reports.

As reports claim, considering the size of Apple’s request, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided that extra time is need. The Cupertino based tech giant filed its request on Monday, seeking bans on eight Samsung smartphones.

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.

While the big 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.

If Samsung’s smartphones 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”, predicts Mark Newman, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein.

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.

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.

The share price of Samsung Electronics dropped nearly 7.5% in trading Monday as investors had their first opportunity to react to the more than $1 billion decision against the Korean electronics giant by a California jury for infringing on Apple patents.

According to CNN, Samsung dropped 6.3% at the open of South Korea’s Kospi index and finished the day down 7.45%, after dropping as much as 7.7%. The tumble erased about $12 billion from the company’s market value Monday.

The South Korean company filed a counter-suit, claiming that Apple infringed five of its own patents. Lawyers for Samsung argued its rival was trying “to thwart legitimate competition”.

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.”

While Apple is undertaking legal actions against manufacturers such as Samsung, analysts suggest that its real target is Google.

Steven Jobs, the late chief executive of Apple, in his biography described Android as a “stolen product.”

“In a very real sense, it’s a fight between Apple and Google,” said Brian Love, a patent expert at the University of Santa Clara.

He continued: “This particular case has been the most important in that because we have had the number one and the number two manufacturers facing off.”

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