After more than two years since Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was denied a request to ban sales of Samsung (KRX:005935) products in the United States, the Cupertino-based tech giant renewed motion on Thursday, seeking another injunction hearing in January.
Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revived Apple’s bid for a permanent patent injunction against Samsung’s devices regarding three multitouch software patents -- rubber-banding, tap-to-zoom-and-navigate and pinch-to-zoom API -- that were claimed to be violated by the South Korean tech behemoth. And now, according to a post on Foss Patents, the iPhone-maker has renewed its bid for a U.S. ban on certain Samsung products, requesting that another injunction hearing be held on Jan. 30, 2014.
“It's important to focus on the asserted patents, not the accused products. Obviously, the products that are named in an April 2011 lawsuit (such as the Galaxy S II) are no longer commercially relevant,” the Foss Patents post read. “But Apple is seeking an injunction that would also cover ‘any other product not more than colorably different from an Infringing Product as to a feature found to infringe’ (which is consistent with the Federal Circuit's TiVo v. EchoStar opinion).”
In 2011, Apple sued Samsung over infringement of its patents and sought an injunction to prevent Samsung from selling its Galaxy line smartphones and tablets in the U.S. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, subsequently denied Apple’s request to ban Samsung products in the country.
“It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung's accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed,” Koh wrote.
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In addition to the trial in question, another copyright infringement lawsuit is scheduled to be held on March 31.
In a different trial in August last year, Apple was awarded $1.051 billion in damages by a California jury. The nine-person jury at the U.S. District Court in San Jose decided that a number of Android-run products from Samsung violated quite a few of Apple's design and utility patents.
See court documents related to the renewed Apple motion here: