Apple seeks US ban on eight Samsung smartphonesDale Wright
After securing a $1 billion (₤650 million) victory in its high-profile patent dispute with Samsung, Apple is seeking to further turn the screw on its South Korean rival by asking authorities to ban eight smartphones from sale in the US.
The tech giant has wasted no time in filing court papers requesting 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 be permanently removed from sale. Apple will argue that it will suffer damage to its business if these models remain available on the US market.
Apple will feel that justification for such a claim has already been provided by the jury in San Jose which found that Samsung had infringed six of its smartphone patents. If the copycat smartphones are allowed to remain on the market, Apple will argue, sales of its iPhone range will suffer.
However, Apple’s continued wilfullness to pursue legal action to the nth degree is likely to attract sighs of exasperation from legal and technological experts who are already showing signs of weariness at what has been dubbed ‘the smartphone wars’.
Apple has drawn criticism for launching unsuccessful patent disputes against the likes of Google and HTC. Senior figures from the US judiciary, including eminent appeal court judge Richard Posner, have gone as far as to suggest that Apple’s actions represent an abuse of intellectual property laws as their target is to restrict competition rather than legitimately protect their own business.
Another criticism is that Apple’s numerous actions against rival handset manufacturers are actually all indirect attacks on its main target, Google, which has seen its Android mobile operating system sweep past Apple to take a 50 per cent share of the global market in the past two years.