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Samsung vows to fight Apple's bid to ban eight smartphones

Samsung Electronics says it will take 'all necessary measures' to keep on U.S. store shelves the eight smartphones that Apple says it would seek to ban.

August 29, 2012|By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
  • An Apple iPhone, left, is shown side by side with a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, which Apple is seeking to ban the sale of in the U.S.
An Apple iPhone, left, is shown side by side with a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone,… (Park Ji-Hwan, AFP / Getty…)

Samsung Electronics Co. isn't going away without a fight.

A day after Apple Inc. said it would seek to ban eight Samsung smartphones from sale in the U.S., the South Korean electronics giant shot back Tuesday with a short statement: "We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market."

Apple wants these smartphones banned: the Samsung Droid Charge, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II (AT&T version), Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S II (T-Mobile version), Galaxy S II Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase and Galaxy Prevail.

Last week, Apple scored an overwhelming victory in federal court in San Jose when a jury sided with the iPhone maker in a billion-dollar patent infringement case.

Apple had accused its rival of copying the look and feel of its mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad tablet computer. Samsung in turn accused Apple of infringing on some of its technology patents.

The nine-member jury, after three days of deliberation, found that Samsung had infringed on six of seven Apple patents; Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages.

Samsung has indicated it plans to file an appeal.

On Sept. 20, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, who presided over the four-week trial, will hold an injunction hearing to determine which, if any, of Samsung's smartphones should be banned from U.S. store shelves.

Before the trial began, Koh had already issued a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer.

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