Apple Patent Victory : 8 Samsung Phones Face Immediate Ban in US

Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages after a US jury found Samsung had copied critical features of the iPhone and iPad.

Apple is now seeking immediate ban in the US market on the sale of eight older-model Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge.

While Apple’s lawsuit encompassed 28 devices, many of those accused products are no longer widely available in the world’s largest mobile market.

Although Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III phone was not included in the trial, the jury validated Apple’s patents on features and design elements that the US company could then try to wield against that device.

Apple may not have to seek a new trial over the S III, but can include it in a “contempt proceeding” that moves much faster, according to legal experts.

An injunction hearing has been set for September 20. If US District Judge Lucy Koh grants sales bans, Samsung will likely seek to put them on hold pending the outcome of its appeal.

Samsung said it will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of its products in the US market. According to sources, Samsung has already started working with US carriers about modifying infringing features to keep products on the market should injunctions be granted.

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