A federal judge late Monday denied Apple Inc.'s request for a permanent ban on 26 Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones that a jury had found infringed on Apple patents for the iPhone and the iPad.
But U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh also rejected Samsung's motion for a new trial based on jury misconduct.
The rulings were part of a series of decisions Koh has been making on motions both sides have brought since Apple won a $1-billion jury verdict last summer.
Koh noted that the infringing technology amounted to a small portion of the Samsung products' functionality. Blocking sale of the smartphones — including the Fascinate, Epic 4G and Galaxy SII — on these grounds would unfairly deprive consumers of the right to buy them, she wrote.
Koh also ruled against Samsung's request to have the verdict tossed out amid allegations that the jury foreman should not have been allowed to participate because he had previously been involved in patent litigation.